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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Linguistic Gymnastics

posted by on September 3 at 17:14 PM

National Review’s Corner blog has a long-winded and difficult-to-understand explanation by Peggy Noonan about what she said was “over” when her mic was live today on MSNBC.

In our off-air conversation, I got on the subject of the leaders of the Republican party assuming, now, that whatever the base of the Republican party thinks is what America thinks. I made the case that this is no longer true, that party leaders seem to me stuck in the assumptions of 1988 and 1994, the assumptions that reigned when they were young and coming up. “The first lesson they learned is the one they remember,” I said to Todd and I’m pretty certain that is a direct quote. But, I argued, that’s over, those assumptions are yesterday, the party can no longer assume that its base is utterly in line with the thinking of the American people. And when I said, “It’s over!” and I said it more than once that is what I was referring to. I am pretty certain that is exactly what Todd and Murphy understood I was referring to. In the truncated version of the conversation, on the Web, it appears I am saying the McCain campaign is over. I did not say it, and do not think it.

Ms. Noonan also squirmily apologizes for blurting the “barnyard ephithet,” for those of you who were offended by the word “bullshit.”

I guess that settles that.

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1

Bull shit.

Posted by Greg | September 3, 2008 5:22 PM
2

Petard.

Hoist.

Ain't YouTube fun! Its tubes go everywhere!

Posted by Will in Seattle | September 3, 2008 5:25 PM
3

Fuck yes, she should be ashamed for being honest. It's clearly political bullshit. I can't believe the msm falling into the smokescreen about wooing Hillary supporters. That's the magic of Karl Rove, how could anyone lose sight of the fact that picking Palin is blatant pandering to the right wing and engage in a dialogue about whether an anti-women's issues VP candidate could lure women voters from Obama? The real story is how much money McCain had dumped on him by the religious right after announding Palin as the VP candidate.

Posted by left coast | September 3, 2008 5:26 PM
4

ah the joys of instant replay. Not that it makes a difference to the GOP faithful, but it's great for anyone who is wondering about about the definition of hack.

Posted by former editor | September 3, 2008 5:37 PM
5

Oh, Peggy...

It's moron in America.

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | September 3, 2008 5:54 PM
6

So, what does she claim to have meant by "cynical" and "gimmicky"?

Posted by Fnarf | September 3, 2008 5:59 PM
7

Is it really such a big surprise that Republican insiders express nothing but contempt for their poor Evangelical base when they think nobody's listening? Somebody should stick a hidden mike in the Country Club. You'd get hours of this stuff.

Posted by flamingbanjo | September 3, 2008 7:00 PM

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