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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Elliptical language

The expression
"Personally opposed, but..."
is used as disparaging shorthand for, "Personally opposed to abortion, but very supportive of it in my official capacity."

Shouldn't it also be used as disparaging shorthand for, "Personally opposed to abortion, but not going to spend one dime of political capital on opposing it in my official capacity"?

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