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The 15 Most Annoying Expressions in Politics
RCP ^ | 06/28/2014 | Carl M. Cannon

Posted on 06/28/2014 7:43:39 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Irritating phrases and words are not confined to political circles, or solely to Washington, although here in the nation’s capital they burrow in and proliferate like obsolete, but entrenched, government programs. This is a call to arms to fight them—but only metaphorically.

15: “WAR ON [FILL IN THE BLANK]” Syria’s civil war has produced 2.5 million refugees and a death toll of 160,000, a tragedy that has galvanized neither major political party into action. So next time a Democrat brays about the so-called Republican “war on women” or a Republican trumpets the Obama administration’s “war on coal,” tell them you’ve seen what real war looks like—and ask what the U.S. can do to stop it.

14. “TAX HIKE” It’s not a “hike.” What are you going to do, put it in a knapsack and take it for a walk? It’s a tax increase. This usage was coined by headline writers because it’s shorter. Speaker of the House John Boehner, who often employs this phrase, has no such excuse.

13. “RIGHT-WING” This term is bandied about carelessly, usually as a pejorative. In “The Devil’s Dictionary,” Ambrose Bierce defined “conservative.” Here is the entry, in its entirety: “CONSERVATIVE, n. a statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal, who wishes to replace them with others.” The converse of “right-wing,” a label freely applied to Fox News and countless Republican elected officials, is not “liberal,” it’s “left wing.”


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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Alaska; US: California; US: Michigan; US: Mississippi
KEYWORDS: alaska; california; chrismcdaniel; expressions; mississippi; partyofreagan; politics; ronaldreagan; sarahpalin; thadcochran; thegipper
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1 posted on 06/28/2014 7:43:40 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
MOVING FORWARD

I FEEL YOUR PAIN

WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?

2 posted on 06/28/2014 7:46:43 AM PDT by Slyfox (When progressives ignore moral parameters, they also lose the natural gift of common sense.)
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To: Slyfox

LET ME BE CLEAR...


3 posted on 06/28/2014 7:47:23 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Wow, I thought number one would be “Let me be clear”, but I don’t see it anywhere. Bogus.


4 posted on 06/28/2014 7:47:36 AM PDT by jonsie
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To: SeekAndFind

Window is Closing....

Imminent Threat to our prosperity


5 posted on 06/28/2014 7:48:13 AM PDT by patriotspride
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To: SeekAndFind

PRESIDENT OBAMA


6 posted on 06/28/2014 7:48:46 AM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: SeekAndFind

Forget the words, look at the body language. All the fake nonthreatening moves like closed fist/thumb outside, open-inviting hands stretched outwards from torso, thumb-over-fingers emphasis - all those gay-wad gestures. [Take a look at Nunn’s daughter’s ad for example]

It is all Kabuki choreographed posing engineered by consultants who should be breaking rocks in a prison quarry instead of advising politicians about ‘optics.’


7 posted on 06/28/2014 7:49:07 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Huskrrrr

Ok not an expression, so sue me.


8 posted on 06/28/2014 7:50:09 AM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: SeekAndFind

I WON


9 posted on 06/28/2014 7:50:27 AM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: SeekAndFind

“There is plenty of blame to go around”

Said by Liberals when a Liberal policy is being questioned.


10 posted on 06/28/2014 7:51:00 AM PDT by Kansas58
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To: SeekAndFind
I agree with most but I can't agree with #10 Doctor. The correct title for someone who has received their PhD is "Doctor".

From Dictionary.com:

doc·tor [dok-ter] Show IPA
noun
1. a person licensed to practice medicine, as a physician, surgeon, dentist, or veterinarian.

2. a person who has been awarded a doctor's degree: He is a Doctor of Philosophy.

3. Doctor of the Church.

4. Older Slang. a cook, as at a camp or on a ship.

5. Machinery . any of various minor mechanical devices, especially one designed to remedy an undesirable characteristic of an automatic process.

11 posted on 06/28/2014 7:52:02 AM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: SeekAndFind

Equality Gap

Gender Gap

For The Children


12 posted on 06/28/2014 7:52:10 AM PDT by MD Expat in PA
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To: SeekAndFind

One time when Hillary was in the White House, she used the phrase “at the end of the day”. Since then, every time I hear someone say “at the end of the day”, I think of Hillary. God help me!


13 posted on 06/28/2014 7:52:17 AM PDT by Dan in Wichita
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To: SeekAndFind
The author doesn't know from irritating compared to my sensor. My list includes (but is not limited to):

Throw _____ under the bus
Good friend across the aisle
The gentle lady from...
Spend time with my family
For the Children
Working for the American people
Fiscal responsibility
The people have spoken
Social Justice
diversity

14 posted on 06/28/2014 7:52:34 AM PDT by Baynative (How much longer will the media be able to prop up this administration?)
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To: SeekAndFind
AT THE END OF THE DAY...
15 posted on 06/28/2014 7:52:46 AM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: Huskrrrr

Perhaps, not. But it is a profanity.


16 posted on 06/28/2014 7:52:56 AM PDT by Jagdgewehr (It will take blood.)
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To: SeekAndFind

keeping us safe


17 posted on 06/28/2014 7:53:54 AM PDT by clintonh8r (Can Juan Williams possibly be that stupid?)
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To: SeekAndFind

‘Revenues’
Kick the can down the road
‘My Friend’
Fair share


18 posted on 06/28/2014 7:54:22 AM PDT by ilgipper
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To: SeekAndFind

I have the highest regard for the military and our veterans


19 posted on 06/28/2014 7:54:30 AM PDT by clintonh8r (Can Juan Williams possibly be that stupid?)
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To: SeekAndFind
* ...give something back.

* Public Servants

* Racial Barrier

* Glass Ceiling

20 posted on 06/28/2014 7:56:53 AM PDT by blam
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To: SeekAndFind

“let me be clear”...(IOW, here comes a whopper)


21 posted on 06/28/2014 7:57:19 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.-JFK)
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To: SeekAndFind
"Ya know wut?" As used ad nauseum by Juan Williams.
22 posted on 06/28/2014 7:57:22 AM PDT by clintonh8r (Can Juan Williams possibly be that stupid?)
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To: Slyfox

My esteemed colleague from the State of _________.


23 posted on 06/28/2014 7:57:27 AM PDT by Fair Paul
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To: ilgipper
My friend on the other side of the aisle.
24 posted on 06/28/2014 7:57:34 AM PDT by Bushbacker1 (Molon Labe! (Oathkeeper))
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To: Gaffer
Pointing to the imaginary friend in the crowd. Just cringe-inducing.

And Obama saying, "Let me be clear ... "
25 posted on 06/28/2014 7:59:08 AM PDT by hemogoblin
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To: SeekAndFind

PAY FOR THE TAX CUT


26 posted on 06/28/2014 7:59:13 AM PDT by Jagdgewehr (It will take blood.)
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To: SeekAndFind

“make no mistake”


27 posted on 06/28/2014 7:59:53 AM PDT by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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To: SeekAndFind

“The Special Interests”: Politicians always rail against “The Special Interests”, but what they really mean is “the special interests I don’t like”.

When Democrats rail against the special interests, they don’t mean unions, trial lawyers, the ACLU, the gay lobby or environmentalists.


28 posted on 06/28/2014 8:01:38 AM PDT by Cymbaline ("Allahu Akbar": Arabic for "Nothing To See Here" - Mark Steyn)
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To: SeekAndFind
This is the expression that always annoyed me the most:


29 posted on 06/28/2014 8:01:53 AM PDT by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: hemogoblin

My favorite Kabuki: “I know it’s hot out there and some of you are excited....” “Oh, look - she’s down...give her some air folks, let the first responders in........she’s okay, just give her a little room.....” “Well, now, we’re all excited here today to ensure we .........”

Just damn.


30 posted on 06/28/2014 8:02:06 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: ViLaLuz

“reach across the aisle”

...and knock him out.


31 posted on 06/28/2014 8:02:14 AM PDT by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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To: SeekAndFind
"Let me be perfectly clear..." bumps "Doctor" any day, if not taking the number one spot.

Whenever Duh-1 says that, the obfustication is about to go into hyperdrive.

32 posted on 06/28/2014 8:02:42 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: gorush

Optics.


33 posted on 06/28/2014 8:05:39 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: PLMerite

Truly the face of evil!


34 posted on 06/28/2014 8:06:16 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: SeekAndFind
re: 8. “PARTY OF REAGAN” Nothing unites Republicans more than their professed love of the Gipper. But do they really get him? When Sarah Palin invokes Reagan’s name while railing against immigrants, or hawkish GOP senators agitate for another U.S. military intervention, or state Sen. Chris McDaniel chides Thad Cochran for urging Democrats to cross party lines and vote in a GOP primary in Mississippi, they’re not channeling the Gipper. They are displaying amnesia. The operative phrase, Sen. McDaniel, was “Reagan Democrats.”

Carl, Carl, Carl, I know you have a duty to please your masters at Fox and the GOPe, but you forget some of us out here actually remember what a Reagan Democrat was. A Reagan Democrat was a Democrat who voted for Reagan in the GENERAL election, not a poor dumb Democrat that was tricked into voting for a Republicrat in a PRIMARY election.
But you did get your little digs in to bot Chris McDaniel and Sarah Palin, so I guess you fulfilled your duties to the bosses for this week.

35 posted on 06/28/2014 8:10:14 AM PDT by Tupelo (I feel more like Philip Nolan every day)
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To: SeekAndFind
At the end of the day...
36 posted on 06/28/2014 8:10:15 AM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Want to keep your doctor? Remove your Democrat Senator.)
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To: SeekAndFind
I'll give kudos to the author for this ending to this piece (the expressions underlined are amongst the 15 cited):

Discussing military intervention in Syria, Obama said he wanted to make sure “we’re not putting arms in the hands of folks who eventually could turn them against us or allies in the region.” At least he didn’t say, “Look, frankly, at the end of the day—as Ronald Reagan knew—Syria is a no-brainer.”

Of course my addition would be;
TIPPING POINT

And #13 should include a reference to Hillary's "Vast Right Wing Conspiracy" to be anywhere near valid. Also to the point is the media's incessant use of the "Right Wing / Conservative" label for anyone to their PERSONAL right WITHOUT use of a label to anyone to their personal LEFT!

37 posted on 06/28/2014 8:12:27 AM PDT by SES1066 (Quality, Speed or Economical - Any 2 of 3 except in government - 1 at best but never #3!)
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To: SeekAndFind

The Gentleman from……………..fill in the blank


38 posted on 06/28/2014 8:13:45 AM PDT by morphing libertarian ( On to impeachment and removal (IRS, Taliban, Fast and furious, VA, Benghazi)!!!)
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To: Slyfox

I thought “Frankly” meant like Barney Frank…………..eeeewwwww.


39 posted on 06/28/2014 8:16:39 AM PDT by morphing libertarian ( On to impeachment and removal (IRS, Taliban, Fast and furious, VA, Benghazi)!!!)
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To: SeekAndFind

“We are concerned about this administrations lawlessness”.


40 posted on 06/28/2014 8:19:00 AM PDT by DungeonMaster (No one can come to me unless the Father who sent Me draws him.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Reader Of The Free Stuff World

41 posted on 06/28/2014 8:21:22 AM PDT by Iron Munro (The Obamas Black skin has morphed into Teflon thanks to the Obama Media)
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To: blam
“ ...give something back.”

Usually applied to someone who has created wealth and jobs for hundreds. As if they somehow violated humanity by doing so.

42 posted on 06/28/2014 8:24:15 AM PDT by CrazyIvan (I lost my phased plasma rifle in a tragic hovercraft accident.)
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To: SeekAndFind

43 posted on 06/28/2014 8:27:57 AM PDT by CodeToad (Arm Up! They Are!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Starting a sentence with “so...”


44 posted on 06/28/2014 8:29:14 AM PDT by uncitizen (Buckle up! We're on the Facism Fast Track!)
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To: SeekAndFind

disparate impact


45 posted on 06/28/2014 8:35:43 AM PDT by clintonh8r (Can Juan Williams possibly be that stupid?)
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To: SeekAndFind

16. Anything ending in “gate”.


46 posted on 06/28/2014 8:39:27 AM PDT by chuckee
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To: SeekAndFind

I did not have sex with that woman.


47 posted on 06/28/2014 8:41:44 AM PDT by chuckee
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Well, a couple of the terms on the list are annoying, such as "At the end of the day" and the stupid "War on _____" to describe things that have nothing to do with war.

But some of them, like "Just sayin' ..." or "folks" are just polite, civil ways of expressing things people would otherwise LOVE to misinterpret or take offensively.

I gotta wonder ... the folks -- oops, make that "people" -- who write these kinds of articles about politics, don't they have anything BETTER to complain about?

48 posted on 06/28/2014 8:44:05 AM PDT by Finny (Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. -- Psalm 119:105)
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To: SeekAndFind

Another DC idiot comparing Reagan Dems to Cochran’s. Reagan appealed to Dems via a conservative message on culture and values. Cochran appealed to Dems via race baiting, calling fellow Republicans racist, and running on a liberal agenda, e.g. Government largesse. The media is so dishonest.


49 posted on 06/28/2014 8:53:50 AM PDT by nhwingut (This tagline is for lease)
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To: SeekAndFind

I also don’t care for the misuse of the word ‘optics.’


50 posted on 06/28/2014 8:55:44 AM PDT by Ted Grant
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