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Because admitting that they are human is the last thing you would want to do.

Posted on 2008.02.06 at 18:36
Current Music: Robert Johnson - Hell Hound On My Trail
Something that has bugged me during this election cycle, (and of which I am nevertheless frequently guilty) is that various media refer to the Democratic candidates by their first names, “Hillary,” and “Barack.” This has always struck me as somewhat condescending. They are both members of the United States Senate, and it seems that they ought to be referred to as such, or at least by their last names, as is common practice with everyone else.
Apparently, though, using their first names actually humanizes them, so much so that the Republican National Committee has begun fining staffers for using their first names. Calling them Hillary or Barack will cost you $10 a pop. Because the last thing you want to do is admit that they are humans.


Cleopatra Brimstone
paper_crystals at 2008-02-07 00:27 (UTC) (Link)
In war admitting that the enemy is human is bad for you.
jonnymoon at 2008-02-07 00:35 (UTC) (Link)
Humanity has certain requirements.

I'm not sure that all the canidates meet them.
Release the Kraken!
delerium69 at 2008-02-07 05:08 (UTC) (Link)
Just when I thought my headache couldn't get any worse.
metalclarinet at 2008-02-07 06:16 (UTC) (Link)
I hear lots of references to Mitt. John is so common that it is hard to brand. Huckabee? Does he have a first name? They should change his last name to Beehucka. If you say huckabee several times, it sounds like you have a flat tire. Beehucka, Beehucka, Beehucka -- now THAT has a back beat.

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