Monday, February 13, 2012

"Severely Conservative" (... stolen from Krugman)

Severe Conservative Syndrome
Paul Krugman, NYT Op-Ed
12 Feb 2012
Mitt Romney has a gift for words — self-destructive words. On Friday he did it again, telling the Conservative Political Action Conference that he was a “severely conservative governor.”

As Molly Ball of The Atlantic pointed out, Mr. Romney “described conservatism as if it were a disease.” Indeed. Mark Liberman, a linguistics professor at the University of Pennsylvania, provided a list of words that most commonly follow the adverb “severely”; the top five, in frequency of use, are disabled, depressed, ill, limited and injured.
... tinfoil hats have become a common, if not mandatory, G.O.P. fashion accessory.
Ah, yes: running to the right. As far to the right as possible, as quickly as possible.

As noted previously: pandering to 20% of the electorate may be how to win a primary, but it's not the best strategy for winning a general election!

And Romney is the moderate!!!

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