Continuing our discussion earlier of terms that should be banned after the election, if only because we will not be able to get rid of them right now, Dan Balz proclaims Obama had his Sister Souljah moment with Jesse Jackson:
Barack Obama leads a charmed life. He finally had his Sister Souljah moment and didn’t even have to show up. Jesse Jackson did it for him solo.***
Jackson’s multiple apologies attest to the harm the civil rights leader knows he did to himself. His crude comment, captured on an open microphone on Fox News, was so out of bounds that even Jackson’s son, a national co-chair of Obama’s campaign, leaped to condemn “the ugly rhetoric” and urged his father to keep his mouth shut. Jackson has certainly diminished himself and, given the fact that he attacked the first African American to lead a major party into a general election, likely hurt himself in particular within the black community.
Now granted, I didn’t know what he meant when he said it, but I can not be the only one who thinks what Jackson said wasn’t really that crude, or that out of bounds, or that it was “ugly rhetoric.” It strikes me as the kind of thing people say all the time to each other in private- “I would like to rip his nuts off.” “God, I would just beat him about the head and neck if I could.” “I will rip his arms off and beat him with the bloody stumps.” It was just colorful language, but it wasn’t necessarily that crude or “ugly” or even that out of bounds. Hell, it was what passed as every day conversation among guys when I was in the Army. Maybe it was a little salty for national exposure, but it wasn’t that outrageous to me, and besides, it wasn’t intended for national consumption anyway.
Then again, I may be a really bad judge of what is crude and out of bounds. For me, you at least need an “f bomb” to verge on over the top.
At any rate, the list of bannable terms from early is growing. The following should be banned post election 2008, if at all possible. Anyone who uses them should have their nuts cut out:
2.) throw under the bus
3.) Sister Souljah moment
4.) slap in the face
5.) but how will it play in Scranton? (or whatever city that is supposed to signify middle America).
6.) Middle America
7.) “Elitist,” when what you actually mean is able to read at a fourth grade level or higher
9.) “He’s comfortable in his own skin”
10. “Would like to have a beer with him.”
11.) practicing partisan politics or practicing politics as usual
13.) Ethnic cleansing
14.) “rock star” to refer to anyone not engaged in the actual playing of actual music.
15.) “give them the tools they need.”
16.) “played the x card” (where x = race, gender, whatever)
17.) white working class and “Reagan Democrats,” who now consist of Geraldine Ferraro and the 6 folks running the 400 sockpuppets at NoQuarter
18.) Adding the ‘-gate’ suffix to any scandal (or, as it is most of the time, non-scandals)
19.) “commander in chief” threshold
20.) stab in the back
21.) family values
22.) pain at the pump
23.) change agent
24.) “my friends”
I challenge anyone out there to find ten minutes of any of the various shows with the idiot talking heads without multiple infractions from the list above. You won’t be able to do it.