Rather: \”Folksy\” or \”Weird\”?

Slate has an article about last night’s coverage of the race. Among others, they made this observation:

7:52 p.m., CBS: I can’t wait till Dan Rather starts to get tired. As I remember from 2000, fatigue makes him folksy. I still remember him at around 1 a.m. that night, when the vote flipped back to Gore again, saying something like, “Well, I’ll be a coon on a red-hot skillet!” He’s nowhere near that point yet, but he did just tell Bob Schieffer, “Don’t taunt the alligator until after you cross the creek.”

The first time or two I hear one of these little Ratherisms, I chuckle a little. After that, I want to say “Shut Up, Dan!”. About the fourth time, the channel gets changed, or the TV gets shut off and I go back to the BBC. Because half of his “folksy sayings” make absolutely no sense whatsoever. Especially when he’s tired.

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