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My latest here in POLITICO on the GOP crackup, with my collaborator Scot Faulkner.

 

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The Cliff
(with apologies to E.A. Poe, and Calvin Trillin)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once upon a cliff most dreary

Came a Congress o so weary

To avert the cliff financial

Fearing fiscal failure, leery

Of the voters searing, fearing, nearly tearing urgent wrath.

Enter Simpson, of Wyoming

In his Gangnam Youtube Styling

Dancing, with petitions mounting

Frustrated with Tea Party pouting

With Erskine Bowles he did the counting

Counting, counting, evermore!

The cliff! The cliff! Can be averted

If only reason be asserted

Not taken, taken, and perverted

By forces far of left and right

Who throw about frustrated might

Would delve us in to bankrupt night!

Of rates and loopholes much is made

The cause of compromise may fade

Unless good Simpson, Gangnam style

Undoes the gridlock with a smile

Reminding those in both high bodies

Their need to break with rank and file.

Simpson, Bowles, now resurrected?

Their reforms not first effected

But strangely now back from the dead

Parties both see what’s ahead

Rejecting pledges, statements sore

Raising rates an option, and what’s more?

The cliff it is still looming, looming

El Rushbo, still a’fuming, fuming

Frothing at John Boehner’s door

But this cliff need not be dooming

Looming at John Boehner’s door

Simpson’s path may guide you o’er.

Quoth the Norquist, nevermore?

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When Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon in 1969, he uttered what will likely remain one of the most famous sentences in human history: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

 

On its face, the sentence makes little sense. What is the difference between “man” and “mankind”?

 

Armstrong addressed the rhetorical misunderstanding  immediately upon return. The transmission had been garbled; Armstrong actually said “One small step for a man.”

 

But no one seemed to care. “One small step for man” it was, and likely ever will be. Armstrong is said to have preferred putting the “a” in parenthases. The Associated Press, in its obituary, went with brackets.

“That’s one small step for [a] man; one giant leap for mankind.”

 

 

 

 

 

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What does it means to re-frame a message? This is as clear an explanation as any…

In the first version the appeal is to charity alone, devoid of context. In the second there is an example of why charity is justified — an illustration that warrants the appeal, and without naming it explicitly.

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