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Quick Write 111311 “Learning from Mark & David 6”

Did you notice the revision that I made to the title of the “Learning from Mark” series? If yes, you’re an avid reader of my QW posts. If no, it just makes me sad... (JKD!) When I closely examined transcripts of Analysis on http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/politics/july-dec11/sandb_11-11.html I would always get
intrigued by the words and phrases that Mark Shields used because they were distinctive and sophisticated. But this week’s Analysis contains a part of what David stated that I’d like to mention in my QW post, so I added a little twist to the series title. Why not learn from both educated, renowned, and accomplished American intellectuals?

In the program, they talked about Rick Perry’s flub (blunder) during the Republican debate.
David goes:
… if you haven't done the hard work understanding the complexities, well, people are going to doubt your credibility. And so, when this happened, it wasn't just a momentary lapse. It was a symptom of the core problem of his campaign, that he doesn't seem serious.

I really like the phrase “It’s not just a momentary lapse, but a symptom of the core problem”. The phrase can be used in a situation where you’d mention a recurring problem that everybody tried ignoring or avoid confronting, and convey the message that it’s better to face the problem more seriously. You could say “Okay, we should admit it’s a symptom of the core problem, nit a momentary lapse. Let’s face it before it’s too late.”

Mark goes:
I thought one thing about the Perry mishap the other night, it did, for the first time, humanize Mitt Romney. He was the one that said EPA.

I’d like to use the verb “humanize”. Isn’t it a nice verb to use for someone who’s always serious or charismatic, but has the “other” side? In Mark’s utterance, the phrase “for the first time” is inserted very effectively because the moment of Rick Perry’s flub turned out to reveal the humane side of Mitt Romney who had been regarded reliable and professional, but had gained less empathy from the public than Rick Perry had. Actually, I already used the verb “humanize” somewhere, like “The photo humanizes the charismatic ***** teacher.” Can you possibly imagine what the photo look like?

(25 minutes / 374 words)

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Rick Perry on the left, Ron Paul on the right

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