His line in the sand

Doug Allaire offers these two candidates, mostly heard on

  • “So-and-so has drawn a line in the sand.…” I
    think this one started showing up more after George Bush actually
    said it before the Gulf War. Now I can just about hear someone on
    a Sunday morning talkfest saying, “The Republicans have drawn
    a line in the sand on this issue.” It always reminds me of drawing
    lines in the sand at the beach and watching the rising tide wash them
    away. Maybe the phrase isn’t as meaningless as I thought, after all.
  • Using individuals as if they were groups: “The Yankees have
    had a lot of strong players, your Babe Ruths, your Joe DiMaggios, your Mickey Mantles….”
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