By voyou, July 25, 2008
Is John McCain’s creepy linguistic tic an attempt to cash in on those rather annoying Dos Equis adverts?
“My friends” as opposed to my enemies you are either with us or against us you are with us or you’re with the terrorists ‘we’ are in this together (unlike the untrustworthy ‘they’ outside)
its the linguistic equivalent of McCain’s brand of conservatism: let’s stay here in this bunker of like-minded people, in opposition to the world outside (with its ‘internet,’ its scary gay people, its ‘economists’ who claim to know about the economy, its general desire to bring our troops home and leave all that oil unprotected)
That does make sense. It always seemed wierdly defective to me: surely he must know that he’s going to be heard by at least some people who are not “his friends.” But I guess the more troubling thing is that he knows that, and just doesn’t care.
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