Sunday, September 05, 2004

"Swift Boating" As A Verb

Today, Maureen Dowd uses the concept of "Swift Boating" as a verb:
The president distorted the columnist's dispatch. The "moral crisis" and failure she described were in the British and French sectors. She reported that the Americans were doing better because of their policy to "encourage initiative and develop self-government." She wanted the U.S. to commit more troops and stay the course - not cut and run.

Mr. Bush Swift-boated her.
I would like to see that added to the vernacular:

Swift-Boating: A pattern of venal and mendacious conduct calculated to create a public impression that the target's documented history of courage and honesty instead reflects cowardice and dishonesty.

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