That Democratic “youth dream ticket” of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren might not come true – or maybe it will. In declaring that she’s not running for President in 2020, Sen. Warren gave a dazzling display of language-parsing the likes of which haven’t been seen since Bill Clinton mystified us all with the riddle of what “is” is.
When Chuck Todd on “Meet the Press” asked her if she would serve her full six-year term if reelected this November, Warren replied, “I am not running for president of the United States. I am running for the United States Senate 2018, Massachusetts.” But when asked if that meant she would serve the full six-year term, she dodged the question. So does “I am not running for president” mean “I won’t run for President in 2020,” or does it mean “I am not running for President at this moment; I am currently tap-dancing on ‘Meet The Press;’ but I might BE running for President if you asked me after I’m safely reelected to Congress.”
This is an artful combination of Bill Clinton’s tricky way with words and Hillary Clinton’s reelection promises to her New York Senate constituents.
By the way, if you think that was an impressive example of Jello refusing to be nailed to the wall, click the link and read her response to questions about her claimed Native American heritage, or as she puts it, “my family’s story.” Notice how that phrase neither confirms nor denies the veracity of the claim. It’s sort of like how lying, obfuscation and perjury are all passe, and now we just say, “This is my truth.” Might not be your truth, or anyone else’s truth, or Heaven forbid, objective truth. But it sounds a lot better than the old way of saying it:
“That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it!”
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