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Friday, July 23, 2004

BUSHISM OF THE DAY
(McCarthy edition)


President Bush spoke to the Urban League in Detroit today, and posed some questions for black Americans.
Does the Democrat party take African American voters for granted? It's a fair question. I know plenty of politicians assume they have your vote. But do they earn it and do they deserve it? Is it a good thing for the African American community to be represented mainly by one political party? That's a legitimate question. How is it possible to gain political leverage if the party is never forced to compete? Have the traditional solutions of the Democrat party truly served the African American community?
(emphases mine) What is this mythical political party to which Bush is referring? Because gee, I could swear that I'm a registered member of something called the Democratic Party.

For the uninitiated, it was none other than Senator Joe McCarthy who popularized referring to the Democratic Party as "the democrat party" in a derogatory manner.

Still, props go out to the Associated Press for repeatedly referring to the party by its correct "Democratic" name in a paragraph just before quoting Bush saying "Democrat".

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