Friday, July 11, 2008

In Politics, What’s the Point in Getting to the Point?

Here’s a quote from the you’ve-got-to-laugh-at-this-one files. Before Senator Hillary Clinton suspended her presidential campaign, this is how she responded to a question about challenging the seating of maverick delegates from Michigan and Florida in the Democratic primary: “Well, we are going to look at that and make a determination at some point. But I haven’t made any decision at this time” (New York Times, June 2, 2008, page A1).

A more concise statement would have been “We will decide, but not now.”—from 24 words to 6 words. But such is the stuff of politics.