It was not a good week for words in the political arena. Let me show you:
Kevin McCarthy, a minor league prospect to succeed Speaker John Boehner, described Hillary Clinton as "untrustable". Even if you grant the guy from California some rein as a wordsmith, it may not guarantee him that he will be promoted. Indeed, some of his colleagues in the House prefer to call him a pleasant "hack".
Republican Presidential candidate Ben Carson, a soft- voiced hard rightest, warned New Hampshire voters that America is heading toward Nazi control in the highest places. "If you go back and look at the history of the world, tyranny and despotism and how it starts,it has a lot to do with control of thought and control of speech," he said. But he controlled his own thoughts when he only implied that President Obama was the reincarnation of Adolph Hitler. "I'm not going to go into that," he said. "I think that example is pretty clear."
Jeb! Bush disappointed those who believed he had a chance to be the only sane candidate in the GOP field because of his dynastic genes, skipped a definitive response on gun control in the wake of the Oregon massacre by saying, '"We're in difficult times in our country ... Stuff happens". Jeb! is new at the presidential campaign game and needs a lot more work on bumper sticker neologisms.
John Kasich, soldiering on and on for an American Miracle despite his two pct. approval rating in the national polls, mixed his own brand of hard-shell conservatism with cautious pragmatism as a gun-rights advocate by dodging the issue of gun control: "Stripping law-abiding citizens of their guns, I just don't know. I don't believe it would get the job done. I just don't." As a Plunderbund writer reported, guv, "Never mind that nobody serious on this issue is suggesting we strip law-abiding citizens of their guns." Time for Kasich to get back, in his prosaic words, to "leading America back to prosperity".
Finally, can't ignore the wisdom of Plain Dealer columnist Kevin O'Brien, a guardian of the Chicken Coop Fringe, who believes the GOP needs to pursue its destiny with a kick -ass conservative to succeed Boehner, who got too little "rope" in defining the GOP's pit bull playbook.
O'Brien's soaring recommendations included devout conservative Rep. Jim Jordan, the Ohio farm resident who now leads the untrustable GOP's Freedom Caucus - another neologism that connects a pair of mutually exclusive words on Capitol Hill,where dictionaries are seldom found open.. .