Wednesday, September 30, 2015

“Campaigning Like She’s in Napoleon’s March on Moscow”; “Hillary Clinton’s Emails are Almost Like a Vampire”--Visual, Evocative Expression to Emphasize Something

Here are some recent examples of articulate people using a vivid, evocative expression while emphasizing something and thus making their assertion indelible--examples which, I hope, will inspire the rest of us into similarly imaginative use of the language, especially when we are trying to break through the clutter.

  • David Brooks saying on NBC “Meet the Press” (Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015) about Hillary Clinton who had been interviewed on the show just minutes earlier: “She was having a little bit more fun today. Sometimes she is campaigning like she’s in Napoleon’s march on Moscow, just like a trudge through the winter. (This morning) she was a little more upbeat, a little more fun…”  
  • Continuing with the subject of Hillary Clinton, here’s what California Gov. Jerry Brown said on “Meet the Press” about a month earlier (August 23) when asked what the former secretary of state should do about her pesky email issue: “This email thing, it has a kind of mystique to it. An email is just an utterance in digital form, but it has some kind of dark energy that gets everybody excited. So, it’s almost like a vampire—she’s going to have to find a stake and put it right through the heart of these emails in some way…”
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