Archive for February, 2009

The Touch of the Spinspeak Leper

Friday, February 13th, 2009

GOP Sen. Judd Gregg’s decision to withdraw as President Obama’s nominee for Commerce Secretary in the alleged Cabinet of “rivals” for which we have been waiting fully confirms the corruption and vacuity of the phrases “in a bipartisan way” and “reach across the aisle.”

“Bipartisan” and “reach across the aisle” are clearly spinspeak for “you do it our way and you get to pose with us all smiles on TV.”

To be reached at across the aisle, as Sen. Gregg has made manifest, is truly to extend the touch of the leper.  Those doing it should be forced, as lepers were in the Middle Ages, to wear numerous little warning bells and be garbed in colorful identifying leper apparel.