Eloquence Bad!

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Well, you know, I admire so much Senator Obama's eloquence. And you really have to pay attention to words.

Just again, the example of the eloquence of Senator Obama. He's health for the mother. You know, that's been stretched by the pro-abortion movement in America to mean almost anything.

-Senator John McCain, October 15, 2008 Presidential Debate

Separated from the facial expressions and gestures that accompanied these statements, it's a little tough to glean what Sen. McCain was trying to say here. In fact, having heard them delivered in the context of the debate, I'm still having trouble believing he meant to say what he said. McCain was probably trying to warn voters not to be taken in by a slick talker like Sen. Obama. But that isn't what McCain said. He said something more like: watch out for this one, he's eloquent *wink wink*. He even said it twice. And very ineloquently. As if eloquence, the command of language, the fluency and mastery of speech, the power of verbal expression, is something to be downgraded.

Ironically, a smidgen of eloquence on McCain's part would have gone a long way towards making his statements minimally comprehensible. I'd say that McCain not only admires Obama's eloquence, he envies it.

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