Rhetoric Assault


I drew this cartoon after I heard the phrase used by a pundit, something about being pulled into another’s rhetoric. This is what politicians do. They repeat and repeat until we believe them. They say what the pollsters think people want to hear, and drill it back to them.  They take opponents words out of context and quote them so often, that it seeps into people’s consciousness. “Mitt likes to fire people” is one such example of a phrase taken out of context in the recent New Hampshire primary circus. Maybe he does, maybe he doesn’t (he probably does)–but it is an idea/phrase that will stick in some people’s minds, even if they know it was used incorrectly.

Not that it matters at the moment, for it seems Mitt will be the GOP nominee. But maybe we will hear Obama using a version of that phrase. Let’s hope he comes up with some new rhetoric, I am ready to be wowed.  I’m sure his people are working on it as we speak.

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About Liza Donnelly

New Book: Women On Men, http://www.narrativemagazine.com/store/book/women-men New Yorker and Forbes cartoonist and writer, TED speaker
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5 Responses to Rhetoric Assault

  1. nikki says:

    Hmm, the Pres will have trouble reinterpreting “Obamacare”: the rhetoric on that phrase is fixed in place. However, he might be able to go with “the Seamus incident” which some people will know refers to the poor dog strapped to the roof of Mitt’s car during a trip to Canada (Gail Williams has now mentioned it twenty times in her column), and others will think is referring to a “shameless” incident. Win-win, either way.

  2. MArmstrong says:

    Doesn’t Obamacare have roots in Romney care?

  3. Rob Husberg says:

    Obamacare, O’Romneycare, Oh, I don’t care…but I think Nikki is on to
    something: I’d love to see Seamus driving down the road with Mitt
    strapped to the roof of the car! My kind of visual rhetoric.

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