I remember when he said this back in 2004, and after laughing my ass off with glee, another though popped into my head:
The fact is we have been inundated with language designed to soothe, quiet, and confuse the shit out of us. People, especially politicians, tend to use weasel words incessantly. The Cheney F-bomb was a vulgar slice of reality. In fact, I've said plenty on the use of words. And for more on the many uses of the f-word, here's a vid. Click when the kiddies are out of the room. Really.
I'm not calling for excessive incivility. In fact, SPD is all about civil discussion, especially in the blogosphere. But politicians especially tend to cloak far too many things in softening phrases and PC speak. They seek to get people to think we are not vulgar. They try to not offend. Now I could go on about it as the feminization of human discourse in general and politics in particular, but I don't know if I'll catch a female reader at the wrong time of the month (I'm going straight to Hell for that one), thus discovering emasculation. Ow.
Here's the secret. Don't degenerate to calling people you disagree with bastards. But if someone's being an asshole, then tell them they're being an asshole. And if you disagree, don't be afraid to tell them they're so wrong about something that their incessant blather makes watching goats fuck preferable to listening to their cut-and-paste runon sentences from the Ron Paulistas or the Nadertards.