josh (joshc) wrote,

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It looks like Bush is taking advantage of his own difficulties with the English language by mangling the definition of "global test" in the latest round of campaign ads (see: "Kerry Doctrine" at Here's how Kerry actually used the term in his response during Thursday's debate:
KERRY: No president, through all of American history, has ever ceded, and nor would I, the right to preempt in any way necessary to protect the United States of America.
But if and when you do it, Jim, you have to do it in a way that passes the test, that passes the global test where your countrymen, your people understand fully why you're doing what you're doing and you can prove to the world that you did it for legitimate reasons. [cpd]

Certainly, there is some breadth to the definition,
Pertaining to or embracing the totality of a number of items, categories, etc.; comprehensive, all-inclusive, unified; total; spec. pertaining to or involving the whole world; world-wide; universal. [o.e.d. (sub req.)]
but this is an obvious misrepresentation of Kerry's answer.


in other out-of-context news, the new ad from the DNC demonstrates the reason that the debate agreement didn't allow reaction cutaway shots in their new ad ["faces of frustration" RealVideo: high, low]. I guess we're lucky that some of the networks broke the rules.

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