Skip to comments.Election Night 1980 from CBS - Part 3 of 3! (You can feel the sadness)
Posted on 04/25/2012 1:40:47 PM PDT by Signalman
From November of 1980, here is CBS's coverage of Election Night. Taped from WJKW-TV8, Cleveland. This is part 3 of 3.
Was that the night Americans had a “temper tantrum” according to Peter Jennings of ABC because a bunch of Democratic All Stars had gotten the boot? I guess that one came later.
On one of the networks I remember the shocked commentator exclaiming that he didn’t even KNOW anyone who had voted for Reagan. I always wondered if the irony escaped him?
Yeah Lesley, that was it. Four years of double digit inflation, high unemployment, failed energy policies and failed foreign policy had nothing to do with it.
Liberals are such morons.
that would have been 1994.
May that video be a preview of November 6, 2012. Possible, not because Mitt Romney is so much like Reagan, but because Obama is SO MUCH WORSE than Carter!
However, as El Rushbo said today....Last night’s victory speech was the best Willard has made in this entire 2012 campaign so far.
Harry Reasoner was so P.O’d he’d lost his ability to REASON!
And we’ve assumed in recent years that they’ve somehow have gotten worse.
They were just as bad. Dufus#2, who spoke immediately after Dufus One (Walter), said that Reagan’s support was “wide but not deep”... that’s how he described an (at that moment) 51%-42% thumping!!!!!
Dan Rather said, “Walter, when you say ‘Why did Jimmy Carter win’...”
He can’t even SPEAK what happened!!!
Four years of double digit inflation, high unemployment, failed energy policies and failed foreign policy
You comment sounds vaguely familiar - oh, yeah, we’re living through it again. Can any of the morons that voted obama see that?
Cronkite sounds like he wants to go drink a bottle of scotch and hang himself.
I remember 1980 was the election the media said was “too close to call” then it ended up being a Reagan landslide.
They do seem to be better at polling now.
That's a great question. One could go further and ask, do they even care?
I had plenty of time to think about Carter as I was sitting in line waiting to buy three bucks worth of gas in Seattle.
"On one of the networks I remember the shocked commentator exclaiming that he didnt even KNOW anyone who had voted for Reagan."
There is also the anecdote about the reaction in the New York Times editorial room. When the exit polls closed and the networks were predicting Reagan's win, the NYT editors all said the same thing: "I don't know anyone who voted for him." In the meantime, the poor stiffs in the mail room, shipping and receiving, and the clerks were all quietly celebrating that they voted contrary to what their bosses urged on the editorial page.
Why? Because Reagan tapped into their innate patriotism (which it's hard to lose if you didn't attend Harvard) and their common sense that Government is not benevolent but needs to be restrained.
Thanks for posting. Except for the Dwight Yoakam concert in Reno last Saturday night, this is about the best time I’ve had this week!
No, the “temper tantrum” occurred in 1994 when the Republicans swept the Democrats out of the House, gaining their first majority in the lower chamber in forty years. Newt became Speaker as a result of that election. Reagan’s election in 1980 was, if anything, an even greater shock to the media since for them he was like a crucifix on a strand of garlic to a pack of vampires. The next day really was a morning of rebirth in America for the rest of us.
We had a temper tantrum but it didn’t last long enough to throw Willie out on his ass.
I hope we don’t have a repeat. PRAY. HARD.
I might have had a case of beer, but wifey and I danced all night. Brings tears (of joy) to my eyes just remembering that night. I think we got the Senate as well.
God, I miss Ronald Reagan.
Another thing I find “funny” is they’ve changed the colors of the “parties”. I’ve told everyone that in the “old” days, they always showed the Democrats as red.
I think they changed it because the Democrats are truly RED and they trying to change the perception of this fact.
At about 3:32 of this clip of where Mondale is finishing speaking you can hear someone whoop it up and clap in the newsroom.
You can sense the sheer panic in Moscow and Tehran.
They changed the colors in the 2000 national election, IIRC.
I remember that election very well. I was about 9 years into my military career and after 4 years of peanut brain everyone I knew at the time was overjoyed that Reagan was our new CINC.
No, it was in 1984. Two of the networks changed, because they knew that it was going to be a wipeout. The few states they were expecting to go to Mondale would show up better in a sea of red, rather than the other way around. As it turned out, only one state (and DC) went for Mondale, and Minnesota by less than 10,000 votes.
I remember that night distinctly - my best friend [a BIG Lib - forgive me ...] and I were having some people over to my place to watch the election returns ...
We had a BIG bet on who was gonna win ...
Anyway, we were running a bit late and stopped off to buy a case of beer at the corner store about 7:55 pm ...
My friend popped in to get the beer, with me in the car - engine running ...
The national news came on the radio at 8:00 pm, he came out at 8:01 pm with the beer. I turn to him and say, “Reagan won ...” ...
He flipped his friggin’ lid !!! Election called [via exit polling] at 8:01 pm !!! I NEVER laughed so hard in my life !!!
Double-digit inflation, double-digit interest rates, AND double-digit unemployment ...
UNCLE Walt is LOADED OMG ROFL
Classic you could tell the dude was hitting so called adult beverage ROFL
I do remember CBS coverage on 1980s election
LOL The polls over the weekend said 3% difference.
My 3rd grade teachers literally had tears in their eyes....after all, some cowboy was going to get us killed.
Back in the day when GOP states were blue.
So was my sixth grade teachers they were LIVID
ONe of childhood friend said OH Great American people elect Angela Channing ex husband
I have put my head down LOL!
“They changed the colors in the 2000 national election, IIRC.”
I think that the real reason should be very obvious to everyone here...
You know what here in SO CAL news they calling Reagan win in 1980 as early as 4pm pst here in SO CAL news I kinda remember that vaguely
Thanks for this. I remember my happy dance, and a warm glow that it was truly morning in America. I felt optimistic for the world my baby son would grow up in. I hope to be that happy again at a momentous change in our country’s fortunes that will provide restored freedom for the country my grandchildren will grow up in.
The most recent grandchild is named Reagan. Her Mom was born on Reagan’s birthday, two years after he took office.
Reagan schooling 0bama on the economy...Enjoy!
Electoral Votes: 489
Pop. Vote: 43,898,770 (50.8%)
Electoral Votes: 49
Pop. Vote: 35,480,948 (41.0%)
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Same here. I actually had to call off work one day because I didn't have enough gas to get there, I was an odd number on an even day.
There was no excuse for any of that, and it was all because Carter thought he could micro-manage fuel distribution around the country like he tried to micro-manage time on the White House tennis courts (no joke).
The guy was the most arrogant, self centered, sanctimonious little prick we have ever had in office, and he is still an arrogant, sanctimonious little prick.
I remember back in the early 90’s when Communist Russia bit the dirt and failed in it’s last-ditched coup. A former Russian official said “God bless Ronald Reagan!”. The American reporter looked liked he swallowed a fish bone.
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