Monday, June 4, 2007

Procrastinational President Unaspiring

Wordsmith award of the day goes to (the speechwriter for) Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), who while deriding Bush's feint to the left in announcing plans for a new effort against global warming, accuses Bush of deliberating starting an initiative he knew he could not complete:

“A better way of putting what the White House said yesterday is that the president's goals are not aspirational, they're procrastinational.”

Excerpt taken from the June 3, 2007 article in the LA Times by Maura Reynolds titled A sudden barrage of ideas from Bush.


bjkeefe said...

What better way to diss than to characterize your opponent with a made-up word that sounds bad?

bjkeefe said...

Another title for your post might have been: "When Unaspiring = Uninspiring."

bjkeefe said...

I'm also interested to note that you use "wordsmith" to represent someone who makes up words, as opposed to the usual feeling of that word: someone who strains at gnats in a piece already pretty much done.

I think of a smith as one who forms something from a design already well-established -- blacksmith, goldsmith, tinsmith, etc., -- but I suppose "word forger" would have suggested unfortunate connotations.

Unknown said...

In truth, I was using the word "wordsmith" somewhat derisively to mourn the loss of thought in our political culture and reject the belief that a good diss is worth more than a valid indictment.

I am procrastinational, Bush is dictatorial.

How unaspiring is nonbinding Congressional inaction in the face of Bush's abrogation of Judicial oversight and arrogation of Solomonic power.

We debate scarecrows. We correct the spelling on death warrants and celebrate falling poll numbers instead of mourning fallen soldiers. We adulate wordsmiths and depreciate deedsmiths. We know better when we should do better. We have lost our voice and settle for hoping that others will soon lose theirs.

But at least we got in a good diss. Some victory!

Unknown said...

In fairness to the truth, I must correct an error in my previous comment. It was the (previous) Congress, not the President, that abrogated Judicial oversight and set aside habeas corpus. It is the inaction of the current Congress to correct these mistakes that makes it complicit.