I’m glad the debt ceiling “debate” is over, and not just because it was an embarrassment for all concerned. Equally important, it was becoming intolerable to listen to the news because the repetitive sound bites just set my teeth on edge.
It’s bad enough that our elected representatives are so hapless, but what is really unbearable is their leaden insistence on repeating the same tired talking points with the same limp and irksome phrases. Aren’t there any politicians who are deft in the use of metaphor and analogy? I know we don’t have any Lincolns and Churchills, but is it too much to ask for some linguistic creativity and variety from our uninspiring political leaders?
Here are some phrases that have really gotten under my skin:
* “Kick the can down the road”
* “Double down”
* “Balanced approach”
* “Turning around an aircraft carrier”
* “Banana Republic”
I’m open to suggestions of additional phrases, of course. From here on, anyone caught using any of these offending phrases will be sentenced to a week of non-stop viewing of C-SPAN coverage of the House of Representatives.