… is now the official language of the GOP.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Apr. 20, 2006
(AP) Republican Rep. Katherine Harris, who became a household name amid the 2000 presidential election dispute, remains far behind in her bid to oust Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson, a new poll released Thursday shows.
Nelson was favored by 56 percent of those surveyed, compared to 27 percent who preferred Harris in the poll by the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
A similar poll two months ago had Nelson ahead 53 percent to 31 percent.
“It’s a tough environment for Republicans now,” Harris said Wednesday when asked about the latest numbers. “I’m confident that we’ll continue to only go up.”
Savor with me the word “continue.” She’s gone from 22 points down to 29 points down, and predicts that “we’ll continue to only go up.”
I have this filed under “Lying in Politics,” but as Orwell said in “Looking Back at the Spanish War,” this sort of stuff is actually much further from the truth than an ordinary lie. It’s more like surrealism or nonsense verse than it is like politics.
It’s Richard Pryor caught in flagrante saying to his wife “Who ya gonna believe? Me, or your lying eyes?” It’s Jimmy Durante in Jumbo, caught by a policeman stealing an elephant from the circus, replying to the officer’s “Where do you think you’re going with that elephant?” with a bland “What elephant?”
But these people aren’t kidding. And they’re in power. And they’ve bullied reporters into transcribing their lunacy without comment.