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The Obama Language Wars

Tim Carney on politics and the English language:

After Chait implies Hillyer is like a slaveowner, he writes something actually defensible: Critics of Obama should be careful not to use language that will come across as racially tinged….

But here’s a point for Chait: The worst possible way to cultivate racial sensitivity is by haphazardly crying racism.

I try to be racially sensitive. But nobody can be racially sensitive if that means avoiding the words Obamacare, Chicago, skinny or golf.

This is what the fight is over. Carney is trying to help conservatives listen to themselves, so they understand what they sound like. And people like Chait are trying to take control of the language *conservatives* use, in order to keep conservatives from having a language to express themselves in.

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