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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Weasel words

"It all depends on the what the meaning of 'is' is...."

Conservatives love to ridicule liberals for parsing words the way Bill Clinton did in his deposition or John Kerry did when he said he voted for the war before he voted against it.

So here comes a conservative crusader from Georgia, out to educate us dumb Yankees about words again. Unfortunately, he's the guilty party when it comes to meaning.

"Mean Jean" Schmidt and Scott McClennan used one of the oldest devices in the world when they called John Murtha a coward. The true coward is the person who isn't willing to stand up for what he or she believes but chooses to deflect the blame on someone else. W and Vice are masters at this little smear. Jean and Scott have a way to go to catch up.

If you don't have the courage to stand up for your convictions, pipe down. So Barry, I know John Kerry. John Kerry is a friend of mine (OK, maybe not). You're no John Kerry.

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