Bush Could Change the Tone with One Syllable

When I hear a Republican refer to my party as the “Democrat Party,” rather than “Democratic Party,” it’s a signal to me that the speaker is an asshole. It sounds insulting because it is supposed to. When the President of the United States repeatedly refers to the “Democrat Party” it sends the message that he is only the President of the Republican Party — and that he is an asshole. Ruth Marcus expresses the same idea more nicely in today’s Washington Post:

If he wanted to, President Bush could change the tone in Washington with a single syllable: He could just say “ic.” That is, he could stop referring to the opposition as the “Democrat Party” and call the other side, as it prefers, the Democratic Party.

The derisive use of “Democrat” in this way was a Bush staple during the recent campaign. “There are people in the Democrat Party who think they can spend your money far better than you can,” he would say in his stump speech, or, “Raising taxes is a Democrat idea of growing the economy,” or, “However they put it, the Democrat approach in Iraq comes down to this: The terrorists win and America loses.”

But even as he promised to work to change the tone in Washington after the elections, the president couldn’t manage to change his language. In his day-after-the-elections news conference, Bush employed this needling locution five times. “This morning, I spoke with Republican and Democrat leadership in the House and Senate,” he began, adding, “it is clear the Democrat Party had a good night last night.” That was followed by references to “Democrat leaders,” “Democrat leadership” and “Democrat votes,” as in, “We got some tax cuts passed with Democrat votes.” Geez, you’d think he’d at least give them the -ic when they vote for his tax cuts.


  • Hosea McAdoo
    November 22, 2006 - 5:41 pm | Permalink

    I agree that calling us the “Democrat party “is a slur but it does give us the riight to reply using the term “republishit party” for them.

  • orion
    November 22, 2006 - 6:29 pm | Permalink

    Dick Armey used the same expression on the radio the other day. I say “ree-pubs” would be a good response nickname, no bad connotations, but sounds annoying.

  • November 23, 2006 - 6:17 am | Permalink

    I call ’em “Gops.”

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