We get a little spooked when we hear a congressman who is the Republicans' leading investigator engtangle himself in the the English language. We could have forgiven my immigrant grandmother for imprecise references to little things like verbs and nouns. But when Darrell Issa, the Republican chairman and Inspector Clouseau of the House Oversight Committee does it, you have to wonder whether America has moved one step closer to Orwell's Newspeak.
Issa, a forever showboating right-wing nuisance, has yet to produce anything of substance from his feral probes. Back in February 2012 , you may remember, he barred Sandra Fluke from appearing on his all-male panel on contraception, supposing she lacked "expertise". That raised the bar to declaring that condoms and such are only a guy thing.
Now, back in the fetid trenches of Benghazi, Issa insisted that "an act of terror is different from terrorist actions".
Huh? Right. For this profound insight into international terrorism and American unpreparedness (read: Obama/Clinton deriliction) we have hauled out the cherished Grumpy Abe Linguistic Lunacy (GALL) Award for the congressman.
That will put him still a tad behind on this day to the Louie Gohmert Award. But with Issa, you can be certain there will be more opportunities for him to even the score.