Skip to comments.The 15 Most Annoying Expressions in Politics
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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I FEEL YOUR PAIN
WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?
Wow, I thought number one would be “Let me be clear”, but I don’t see it anywhere. Bogus.
Window is Closing....
Imminent Threat to our prosperity
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.’
Ok not an expression, so sue me.
“There is plenty of blame to go around”
Said by Liberals when a Liberal policy is being questioned.
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For The Children
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!
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
The people have spoken
Perhaps, not. But it is a profanity.
keeping us safe
Kick the can down the road
I have the highest regard for the military and our veterans
* Public Servants
* Racial Barrier
* Glass Ceiling
“let me be clear”...(IOW, here comes a whopper)
My esteemed colleague from the State of _________.
PAY FOR THE TAX CUT
“make no mistake”
“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.
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 .........”
“reach across the aisle”
...and knock him out.
Whenever Duh-1 says that, the obfustication is about to go into hyperdrive.
Truly the face of evil!
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.
Discussing military intervention in Syria, Obama said he wanted to make sure were not putting arms in the hands of folks who eventually could turn them against us or allies in the region. At least he didnt say, Look, frankly, at the end of the dayas Ronald Reagan knewSyria is a no-brainer.
Of course my addition would be;
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!
The Gentleman from ..fill in the blank
I thought “Frankly” meant like Barney Frank ..eeeewwwww.
“We are concerned about this administrations lawlessness”.
Usually applied to someone who has created wealth and jobs for hundreds. As if they somehow violated humanity by doing so.
Starting a sentence with “so...”
16. Anything ending in “gate”.
I did not have sex with that woman.
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?
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.
I also don’t care for the misuse of the word ‘optics.’