Katie Couric: "Gas is the lowest itís been all year, a nationwide
average of $2.23 a gallon. It hasnít been that low since last Christmas.
But is this an election-year present from President Bush to fellow
Republicans? Hereís Anthony Mason."
Reporter Anthony Mason: "For two months now, gas prices have been
in free-fall, plunging 81 cents a gallon since August and giving the
President some rare good news."
George W. Bush: "Gas prices are down."
Mason, over "GOP: Grand Oil Party" bumper sticker laying on a
dashboard: "Gas started going down just as the fall campaign started
heating up. Coincidence? Some drivers donít think so."
Man in a car: "And I think itís basically a ploy to sort of get
the American people to think, well, the economy is going good, letís
ó CBS Evening News, October 16.
|"There is an
extraordinary amount of academic work that you quote in the book [Deanís
book, Conservatives Without Conscience]. A lot of it is very
unsettling, it deals with psychological principles that are frightening
and that may have faced other nations at other times in ó Germany and
Italy in the Ď30s coming to mind in particular. How does it apply now?
And to what degree should it scare us?...This whole edifice requires an
enemy ó communism, al-Qaeda, Democrats, me, whoever ó for the Two-Minute
Hate....Are you actually saying here they [conservative Republicans]
would set up, encourage, terrorism from other countries to set them up
as a bogeyman to have again that group to hate here, that group to more
importantly be afraid of here?...Youíve been at one of the central
moments of history in the 20th century. What kind of danger ó are we
facing a legitimate threat to the concept of democracy in this country?"
ó MSNBCís Keith Olbermann to ex-Nixon White House lawyer John Dean,
who claimed in his book that modern conservatives are moving the
Republican Party toward "authoritarianism," July 10 Countdown.
And the winner is...
|"The last time
we got a tape from Osama bin Laden was right before the 2004
presidential election. Now here we are, four days away from hearings
starting in Washington into the wiretapping of Americaís telephones
without bothering to get a court order or a warrant, and up pops another
tape from Osama bin Laden. Coincidence? Who knows."
ó CNNís Jack Cafferty during the 4pm EST hour of The Situation
Room, January 19.