“Rhetorical Flourish”

Cross-Posted at Viewed From The Right.

h/t boston.com (or don’t, I won’t mind…)

At the end of the column, note that Gov. Patrick states his charge of sedition against the GOP was actually “rhetorical flourish”.

Back in 2008, Mr. Obama accused Joe Biden of speaking in “rhetorical flourishes”.  Later, in 2009, Justice-to-be Sotomayor spouted her infamous “wise latina” rhetoric, which she later referred to as “rhetorical flourish”.  Last March, Sen Gramnesty made a remark about Nancy Pelosi and Liberals being “all liquored up on sake” and ready to make a “suicide run”.  Yep, you guess it –  rhetorical flourish.

The definition of rhetorical is: “concerned with effect or style of speaking; a rhetorical question is one asked solely to produce an effect.” The definition of flourish(es) is: “an ornamental embellishment.” The follow up question is: what does “rhetorical flourish(es)” mean?

That’s “BULLSH*T” in English.

So to celebrate Gov. Patrick’s “rhetorical flourish” I thought I might add one of my own – regarding him. Fortunately, he provided a photo with which to mark this event.  The emphasis on “sedition” definition is mine, for easy “flourishing”.

Governor Deval Patrick, even as he decried partisanship in Washington, said today that Republican opposition to President Obama’s agenda has become so obstinate that it “is almost at the level of sedition.”

The Democratic governor, who is close to the president, made the comments at a forum at Suffolk Law School’s Rappaport Center, where he was asked by an audience member about partisan battling in Congress.

Patrick said that even “on my worst day, when I’m most frustrated about folks who seem to rooting for failure,” he doesn’t face anything like the opposition faced by the president.

“It seems like child’s play compared to what is going on in Washington, where it is almost at the level of sedition, it feels to like me,” Patrick said.

Merriam-Webster.com, the dictionary site, defines sedition as “incitement of resistance to or insurrection against lawful authority.”

After the forum, Patrick explained his remarks.

“I think that the number of people in the Grand Old Party who seem to be absolutely committed to saying ‘no,’ whenever he says ‘yes,’ no matter what it is, even if it’s an idea that they came up with, is just extraordinary,” the governor told reporters after the forum.

But did the opposition really border on sedition?

“That was a rhetorical flourish,” Patrick said.

Actually Gov. Patrick, I believe YOU are “rhetorical flourish”.  I’m just saying….


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