[FoRK] Challenge for McCain critics

Jeff Bone jbone at place.org
Thu Aug 28 17:13:06 PDT 2008


On Aug 28, 2008, at 3:12 PM, Michael Cummins wrote:

>> This is an interesting point. Serious, non-snarky question: do you
>> think this because if the term loses specificity, it becomes harder
>> to name the specific bad guys who the label should apply to, and
>> hence harder to highlight and call out their bad behavior? Or some
>> other reason?
>
> There's something to be said for the other side of the (same damn)  
> coin as
> well.  Swift Boat Vets, as an example.  When they came out and  
> challenged
> Kerry - as a vet, they got my attention.  When Kerry failed to  
> properly
> respond (still, to this day) I gave their accusations a stern measure
> credence.
>
> "Swift Boating" has a completely different meaning now. Now it's a  
> slur,
> completely disconnected from my original perception of what was  
> going on.
>
> NeoCon is a dirty word now, too, and it hardly resembles what I  
> thought it
> originally meant.

Which, by the way, denoted a former far-left faction.

jb




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