After she rigourously filed as a claimant for boss in New Hampshire on Monday, Hillary Clinton spoke to supporters who had collected to commemorate a moment. Timesman Mark Leibovich tweeted this gem of a quote from Clinton:
— Mark Leibovich (@MarkLeibovich) November 9, 2015
Which got me to meditative about one of my favorite topics: The misfortune (and many annoying) cliches in politics. This is my personal list — in no sold order. What did we miss? Add them in a comments territory and we will refurbish this post with a good ones.
1. “The usually check that matters is a one on Election Day.”
This cliche is many ordinarily used by possibilities who find themselves during 1 percent or so in polling. No one who is heading a polls says that a usually check that matters is on Election Day. Also, a voting on Election Day isn’t, we know, technically a poll. It’s usually a vote. So it’s both an irritating cliche and wrong.
2. “I’m impressed by a support we have been removing to run.”
Translated: we am using for this office. If one chairman in a grocery store says something like, “Hey, we didn’t know we were in politics. That’s cool,” we are holding it as justification that they wish we to run for fill-in-the-blank bureau that we covet. The thought that unchanging people are deeply intent in a decision-making processes of politicians is, um, not right.
3. “My name might be on a list though this choosing is about you.”
A classical of a genre done some-more applicable in new elections by President Obama’s slight tweak to it; “I didn’t say, ‘Yes, we can,’ ” Obama has grown lustful of saying. “I said, ‘Yes, we can.’ ” Left speechless in this cliche is that if a chairman whose name is on a list wins, they get to be boss — not you.
4. ”It’s all going to come down to turnout.”
What you’re observant is that a claimant who gets some-more people to opinion for him or her is going to win. That’s like providing this research of a basketball game: The group that puts a round in a basket some-more mostly will have an edge. (In truth, that “analysis” accounts for many of sports radio.)
5. “I don’t demeanour during polling.”
Politicians l-o-v-e to put out a thought that they make decisions formed exclusively on a multiple of element and channeling a will of their constituents. That’s ridiculous. If we uncover me a politician who possibly a) doesn’t check or b) doesn’t demeanour during polling, we will uncover we a losing politician.
6. “It is what it is.”
Okay, fine. This one isn’t disdainful to politics. But politicians DO contend it — and it’s a worst.
7. “We have a strongest grass-roots organization.”
This tends to be a final retreat of possibilities who don’t have a) any income b) any polling movement and/or c) any chance. Quantifying on-the-ground classification is intensely difficult — we done 100 phone calls and knocked on 1,000 doors though what does it indeed meant in terms of votes?? — creation it an easy-to-hide-behind cliche.
8. “I won’t rivet in hypotheticals.”
When we are using for any bureau that we do not now hold, we have to rivet in hypotheticals to answer any doubt about how we would perform in a pursuit we are seeking. Of march possibilities — or, some-more accurately, candidates’ consultants — know that enchanting in hypotheticals can lead down a sleazy slope that ends in, “If we could go behind in time, would we kill Baby Hitler?”
9. “This is a many critical choosing of a lifetime.”
Translation: This choosing is super, duper critical since we am concerned in it. Or, alternatively, this choosing is a many critical since we need we to be panicked about a destiny so that we will spin out to vote.
10. “Plenty of ballots are left to be counted.”
Politicians contend this when they don’t wish to concur though know that they roughly positively have lost. It’s a time-staller in a (very unlikely) eventuality that a box of ballots — all of whom are votes for we — are found somewhere. (Hat tip: Lyndon Johnson.)
11. “It’s a marathon, not a sprint.”
“I am losing … though usually right now!”
12. “With all due honour to my crony [fill-in-the-blank]…”
Politics is bizarre for lots of reasons though one large one is that everybody pretends they like any other when, in fact, they mostly hatred any other with a white-hot passion of 1,000 suns. This cliche is mostly used in debates right before Candidate A drops a 10,000-pound anvil on Candidate B.
13. “Money isn’t everything.”
No, it’s not. If it was, afterwards Jeb Bush would be a Republican front-runner in 2016 and abounding people everywhere would be governors and senators. (Wait, what’s that we say? They are? Oh, never mind.) Money isn’t all in politics though it is many things. And a politicians who contend it isn’t are a ones but it.