Posts tagged romney
Posts tagged romney
By Meg Lanker-Simons
-Meg follows @DC_Decoder and is the writer of the popular political blog, Cognitive Dissonance. Find her on Twitter at @meglanker or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
USAGE: “President Obama has thrown allies like Israel under the bus even as he has relaxed sanctions on Castro’s Cuba.” -Mitt Romney’s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention, August 30, 2012
DC DECODER DEFINITION: The first use of the phrase “under the bus” can be traced to a 1984 article in the Washington Post headlined, “Pensive, With Orange Hair; Cyndi Lauper & Her Tunes on Tour.” Reporter David Remnick wrote: “In the rock ‘n’ roll business, you are either on the bus or under it.”
Originally, the phrase was used to describe someone in show business or athletics who was past their prime and was sacrificed, essentially thrown under the tour bus.
In a political context, the definition has shifted to describe a trusted ally or supporter who is undeservingly cut loose from a campaign or scapegoated out of spite, embarrassment, or personal gain.
The phrase certainly qualifies as a cliché. On an April 2008 edition of NPR’s Fresh Air, linguist Geoff Nunberg reported “under the bus” was used over, “400 times in the past six months” in news stories describing the primary and candidates.
That same election cycle, Washington Post writer David Segal pleaded for fellow correspondents to stop using the phrase, writing:
“Waiting on a sidewalk or already onboard — either way, ‘thrown under the bus’ fails to capture a key dimension of all this road rage. For the candidates, the point is not to inflict pain. It’s to ditch a problem that is a drag on momentum, to regain speed.”
Unfortunately for Nunberg, Segal, and the rest of us, the use of “under the bus” shows no sign of abating, but accelerated in the 2012 campaign season – much like a metaphorical campaign bus speeding away from its latest émigré.
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Check out my entry for The Christian Science Monitor's DC Decoder project! “Under the bus” is one of the most irritating political clichés in existence. Hence, me choosing to define it. Thanks to DC Decoder for the opportunity!
If there can be only one (photo to sum up the Romney campaign), it should be the one in this post.
The Taming of the Shew Induction, Sc. 1
Paul Ryan can also do Shakespeare.
No, Paul Ryan! You put that baby down!
Hamlet Act I, Sc. 5
Follow now for more of Mitt Romney doing the best of William Shakespeare!
All’s Well That Ends Well Act II, Sc. 3
(Photo: A young Mitt Romney as a Mormon missionary in France. According to him, it was rough)
You guys, I’m having too much fun.