"This presidential race is hotter than the devil's anvil."
"Ohio is like a sauna. All they can do is wait and sweat."
"In Missouri, the show-me state: Show-me insufficient data."
"Do you hear that knocking? Bush's re-election is at the door. Knock-knock-knock."
"If a frog had side pockets, he'd carry a handgun." (A repeat from 2000-which prompted the rejoinder from Bob Schieffer: "And he would not be afraid of black snakes.")
The Buzz recalls a New Yorker Festival panel Rather sat on in October, alongside NBC's Tom Brokaw and ABC's Peter Jennings, and how he brought the proceedings to a halt by declaring how CBS sometimes finds him "full of prunes." "Full of prunes?" repeated a disbelieving Jennings. After a pause for laughter, he informed attendees that he and Brokaw had saved up years of such Ratherisms for a book. If they don't, someone else should.