Weasels drive me nuts. Weasel words are their preferred form of communication. Here’s a rule in politics: If you hear a word or phrase that you haven’t heard before it is because the politician does not want to honestly answer a question they have been asked and need to invent a word or phrase in order to give a non-answer yet still appear to have answered it.
Case in point: “enhanced interrogation techniques”.
Question GOPers are asked: “Are you against torture of an enemy combatant or prisoner of war”
True answer: “No, we should torture the hell out of the ragheads. Until such time that they speak English and accept Christ into their lives, I say we torture them.”
Actual weasel answer: “I support enhanced interrogation techniques, but am against torture”
WTF does THAT mean? Really? It’s a yes or no question. Yes you would like to torture them or no you would not. McCain is able to answer the question. He’ll probably lose the nomination for this and a handful of other reasons. Tancredo wants to go all “Jack Bauer”. The rabid crowd goes WILD! Like a bunch of sick jingoistic punch drunk monkeys they all jump up and down and scratch their armpits. Humidity must have gone up a notch or two on the University of South Carolina campus as mouth breathing had to be common.
So who is the scarriest sumbitch. The meanest, baddest mofo on stage? Who is gonna rip out some fingernails and get some shit done. Who will lead the crusades? It’s like bad theater. But bad audiences LOVE bad theater.
But this statement by Mitt Romney is plain frightening:
ROMNEY: …you said the person is going to be in Guantanamo. I’m glad they’re at Guantanamo. I don’t want them on our soil. I want them in Guantanamo where they don’t get the access to lawyers they get when they’re on our soil.
What’s wrong with OUR due process Mitt?
Voice of reason comes from Ron Paul (who is going to be forced out of future debates for sure – they really don’t need him there exposing their BS):
RON PAUL: I think it’s interesting talking about torture here — become an enhanced interrogation technique. It sounds like new speak…
Ding! Ding! Ding! We have a winner! Thanks for playing Ron. Here’s your Led Zeppelin mirror! It’s new speak alright. And new speak is new speak for weasel words…the weasels!