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An explanation of the title. I believe anyone who runs for president must be so self-confident and convinced of his or her own SaboJulieRestinggreatness, they must be egomaniacal. One reporter who worked on the Senate side of the Capitol told me he could not stand to spend more than five minutes in the same room as any senator with only one exception. The other 99% were egotistical to the point of near complete insufferability. Taking into account his hyperbole, probably 95% of our senators are intolerable egotists.

Remember Higbie’s Law about Politicians: If a politician says something it’s a lie. Most politicians don’t lie because they never say anything. Last assertion I can remember was 20 years ago, “I did not have …”

For those of you who are intrigued about rhetoric and understanding some of the ways politicians manipulate us, or at least try to, Jay Heinrichs has written two fun books on rhetoric. [Sounds like an oxymoron, but it is my assessment of them.] I guess he’s a rhetor, but the books are not dry and unreadable. The first one is Word Hero, which you can find described at WordHero.org. The second is Thank You for Arguing, which has the web site ArgueLab.com. The author’s web site is JayHeinrichs.com. Of course, orators, advertisers and dictators also use these techniques and those three sites are cross-linked.

One of common rhetorical devices politicians use wheBearSchoolSongn apologizing for a misdeed, is to move blame to an unidentified entity. The most common amphilogism, at least among pols, seems to be “Mistakes were made.” Who do they think sexted the intern? What fraction of their audience believes it was an unknown person? Who are they kidding?

This year’s group of would-be Presidents often seem immune to logic and given to fact-free decisions. My current favorite example is the new word I derived from Gary Johnson’s Q&As. A leppo is a betise, or bêtise according to Wiktionary, from a particularly well uninformed candidate, usually based on lack of information or misunderstanding a question.

 

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