Pork or pigshit: McCain hoisted on his own petard

Pork: n. political patronage – government funds, appointments, or other favors – acquired by a representative for his/her constituency; the flesh of a pig used as food.

Petard: (oh this is too good) n. an loud explosive or bomb, from the middle French “peter,” to break wind. The phrase “hoisted on his own petard” refers back to the unfortunate anarchist, Guy Fawkes, who used a bomb called a petard in a failed attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament. This device is equipped with a short fuse, leading to the anarchist being “hoisted on his petard,” i.e., blown up. It has come to mean being caught out by your own words or actions.

I’m sick of Palin’s lies about the Bridge to Nowhere. Let’s move on to McCain’s pigshit about earmarks. Just a couple of days ago he bloviated about the ridiculousness of an earmark project in Montana. “We’re never going to spend $3 million to study the DNA of bears in Montana again..”  he said.

Uh oh. Turns out Palin’s latest pork request is for $3.2 million to study the DNA of seals…

Hoisted by his own petard. Watch the video:

5 responses to “Pork or pigshit: McCain hoisted on his own petard

  1. The really scary thing is that the supporters of the Palin/McCain ticket just don’t seem to care that what they’re hearing is lies and half truths. She’s still using the Thanks But No Thanks line, and still getting cheers and applause for it. And when I’ve mentioned this and other discrepancies to supporters, they’re response is not “well, you’re wrong”, it’s been “well, if you long hard enough on the internet you can find all sorts of stuff”. If it doesn’t fit their view, it just doesn’t matter if it’s true or false.

  2. So true, Susan. Have you read “Don’t Think of an Elephant” by George Lakoff? He is a linguist who has focused on political speak and metaphorical frames. If the idea doesn’t fit in the frame it simply bounces off. Gotta think of a P word to write about this…

  3. pachyderm: although I really like elephants, and regret that their image is being mis-used. and now I’ll have to go look up exactly how that happened, the elephant and donkey party imagery.

  4. and I just noticed that I wrote:
    if you long hard enough on the internet
    when I meant : if you look hard and long enough on the internet.
    oh, and I did a google on a phrase from this column and your blog was 2nd on the list. I’m really surprised that you haven’t been swamped with new readers/commenters.

  5. Susan, What a great way to introduce the ideas of George Lakoff to my readers via the word pachyderm.
    “Don’t think of a Pachyderm!”