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    Hope Is an Old Muscle

    McCain_Popeye.jpgQuote:  “They’re going to raise your taxes by thousands of dollars per year — and they have the audacity to hope you don’t mind.”  John McCain.

    Figure of Speech:  antistasis (an-TIS-ta-sis), the repeat that changes meaning. From the Greek, meaning “opposing position.”

    Want to undermine your opponent’s ethos? Puncture his favorite uplifting expression — not by arguing against it but by repeating it. The antistasis does  ju jitsu on an expression by flipping its meaning.

    That’s what McCain does with Obama’s Audacity of Hope, the audaciously pretentious book title. The straight-talkin’ Republican turns audacious hope into something shifty and underhanded and raise- your- taxes- in- secretiveness.

    Of course, what McCain says about the Democrats’ tax plans isn’t true. But we’re talking rhetoric here, not truth. And as Figaro likes to say, rhetoric doesn’t hurt people. People hurt people.

    Snappy Answer:  “Which is why I’m offering every hard-working rich guy a tax cut.”

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    Reader Comments (2)

    Come on, you're being unfair to McCain saying he's only for the hard-working rich guy. Everyone's money is good with McCain, hard-working or not, guy or gal.
    April 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGreg
    I'm relieved to hear that. I thought that extending the Bush tax cuts for people making over $250,000 a year meant that he was mostly for the rich guy.

    April 24, 2008 | Registered CommenterFigaro

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