You Can’t Win Without Words

Times are tough for Republicans, no doubt about it, but somehow, the current public dissatisfaction with the Bush Administration has yet to translate into anything approaching widespread support for the opposition Democrats. Why are the Dems so totally incapable of seizing the moment? One linguist suggests that while the GOP may be on the outs politically, they’re still the reigning champions when it comes to effective use of language. “The right has been incredibly successful in capturing the English political vocabulary. In a way, it’s a tribute to their ability to spin compelling narratives.”