Saturday, August 14, 2010

Forbidden heds: A slight return

I haven't been formally keeping track of the frequency of campaign cliches or how they come and go,* but I'm going to nominate "under the bus" for the Mrs. Joyful prize for Stupid Politics Cliche of the Past Two Election Cycles. Please consider it banned forthwith. Even if the candidate himself is the one who said it, keep it out of the hed.

Why this bit of Tuesday-morning-quarterback whining should be a 1A story is a different issue:

Losing Republican guber­natorial primary candidate Pete Hoekstra said Friday that the head of one of the most in­fluential groups in state GOP politics — Right to Life of Michigan — should be fired.

He's actually one of a bunch of losing GOP primary candidates, and not even the stupidest or most malevolent (given that he is Pete Hoekstra, that's going some). But the circular firing squad is only news under rare circumstances, and this doesn't seem to be any of them.

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Blogger John Cowan said...

So speaking of circular firing squads:

Three English gentlemen have mutually offended one another and agree to fight a truel. Based on past history, Mr. Badshot can hit an opponent 1/3 of the time, Mr. Goodshot 2/3 of the time, and Mr. Deadshot every time. Their seconds agree that Mr. Badshot will shoot first at Mr. Goodshot , who will then shoot at Mr. Deadshot, who will then shoot at Mr. Badshot, and so on round and round until only one is left.

What should Mr. Badshot do to maximize his chances of survival with honor?

12:29 PM, August 14, 2010  

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