Sunday, February 04, 2007

The "-ic" Is Back!

By Cassandra D

In a sign of changing times, we get this bit of news:

"Bush had not seen fit to attend a Democratic congressional retreat since 2001, his first year in office. But the new political reality that has Democrats in charge of Capitol Hill for the first time in a dozen years changed his mind. When he appeared before House Democrats at a Virginia resort, he seemed to be trying to make up for lost time.

"With his first words, he sought to put to rest one bone of contention between the White House and the new congressional majority: The dropped 'ic.'

"Democrats found it demeaning when the president, in his State of the Union address last month, referred to the 'Democrat majority,' as opposed to the 'Democratic majority.'

"'Now look, my diction isn't all that good,' Bush told the 200 lawmakers who wrapped up two days away from Washington with family and aides. 'I have been accused of occasionally mangling the English language. And so I appreciate you inviting the head of the Republic Party.'

He got hearty laughs. And he was careful to keep the "ic" firmly tacked on for the rest of his remarks."

Chase, who took note back in August of Bush's addiction to "-RAT" talk, should be happy. It will be interesting to see if this change in rhetoric holds when Bush is speaking to a Republican audience.