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Monday, January 29, 2007

Touchy Touchy!

From National Journal's Congress Daily:

White House Press Secretary Tony Snow said today that President Bush had no intention of slighting Congress' new Democratic majority by referring to it as the "Democrat majority" in his State of the Union speech, the Associated Press reported. Bush's dropping of the "ic"' at the end of the word prompted grumbling by Democrats that he purposely got their name wrong. It is not a new charge: The late President Reagan used to refer to the "Democrat Party." and Democratic leaders have long considered it demeaning. Snow said Bush was not even aware he had done it, and certainly did not mean anything by it. The verbal slip came in the same breath as the president was congratulating Democrats for winning the House and Senate in last November's election. "This is a president who has tried to stay away from the business of doing slurs, and there was none intended," Snow said. The prepared text said "Democratic." Bush plans to speak to the House Democratic Caucus at its conference this weekend in Virginia, but on the president's schedule, that event is referred to as the "House Democrat Conference."

Let's see...:
National Journal, 1/13/07: [Senate Majority Leader Harry] Reid has called President Bush a "loser" and a "liar,"

Boy, if we really wanted to devote some time to this, we could have a field day, on both sides of the aisle. So, is it a good thing, a bad thing, or just a funny thing that in this day and age, Democrats should be upset about referred to as the "Democrat" party?

It's moments like this, with their goofy humor, that could rekindle my interest in politics!

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