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    Burning Gas Like There’s No Tomorrow: That’s Sound Energy Policy

    cheney.2.jpgQuote:   "Conservation may be a sign of personal virtue, but it cannot be the basis of a sound energy policy." Vice President Dick Cheney, 2001, quoted in The New York Times

    Figure of Speech:  synchoresis (sin cho REE sis), conceding a point to make a stronger one

    Cheney makes good use of a synchoresis -- the rhetorical equivalent of sacrificing a pawn.  A really great synchoresis manages to belittle an opponent's point while seeming to concede it.  Even "virtue" sounds wimpy and un-American when Dick Cheney says it.

    Snappy Answer:   "We sure wouldn't want to base our energy policy on your personal virtue, would we, Mr. Vice President?"

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