Thursday, February 28, 2008

Mike and Baron or Hill and Sodrel?

From Paul Bedard in U.S. News and World Report...

There's a new rule at the Republican National Committee. Refer to the two leading Democratic presidential candidates simply as "Barack" and "Hillary" and you'll be fined $10. The reason: Using first names makes the candidates sound more likable but calling them "Senator Obama" and "Senator Clinton" makes them sound more distant and bureaucratic. "I don't think people are actually being fined," says one insider. But everyone is being "encouraged" to follow the rule.

Or you could argue that calling him Senator Obama implies too much experience and is unwise in equating Senator McCain and Senator Obama?

2 Comments:

At February 28, 2008 at 8:15 PM , Blogger Bryce Raley said...

How about we call him Barrack Husein Obama and stop all the political correctness? I call my children by their middle name every day but I'll have to stop now that the thought police in the GOP have told us it's intolerant.

Obama had the chance a few years back to drop the middle name but he kept it because he takes pride in it. I don't blame him, but we can't have our cake and eat it too-now can we.

 
At February 28, 2008 at 8:41 PM , Blogger Eric Schansberg said...

I'd say that the dignity of the human person is most enhanced by calling people what they want to be called-- and spelling their names properly! ;-)

 

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