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July 12, 2019


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Why no period after “ADM”? I think it’s a military convention—looks like they write abbreviations for ranks without periods as a matter of course (see, e.g., https://www.federalpay.org/military/navy/ranks). Not sure why the Navy and Army get all-caps rank abbreviations while the Air Force and Marines get mixed case, though.

As for the ratings, I think I would have given Klobuchar a marginally higher mark than the other “[Insert Name Here] for America” slogans for the Am- echo (even if it isn’t highlighted in the logo). The one who disappoints me the most is Castro; in addition to the dubious associations of “destiny,” I think “one nation” has been pretty well skunked by Pauline Hanson (though I guess only for people who take note of Australian politics). And the “one [x], one [y]” formula makes me think of “Ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Führer,” which is about the worst possible association one could have.

For O'Rourke, how about "BETO or not BETO--that is the question"?

QPheever: I'd have liked Klobuchar's slogan a little more if the "X for America" formula weren't already so overplayed. As for Pauline Hanson, I had to look her up. The average American voter barely pays attention to U.S. politics. Australian? Not a chance. Point taken about "Ein Volk..." although only students of history--again, rare in the general U.S. population--will be familiar with it.

Bob: Nice!

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