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Editorial: Spare us the feigned horror: Meet B.S. with B.S.

The latest issue Rolling Stone (AP Photo/Rolling Stone)

The latest issue of Rolling Stone (AP Photo/Rolling Stone)

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Updated: October 27, 2012 9:46PM



Fair’s fair, my man.

Call your opponent “a bull - - - - - - -,” and his de­fenders will call you “a bull - - - - - - -” right back.

And how’s that for elevated political discourse?

Gov. Mitt Romney’s team pretended to be seriously shocked Thursday by the news that President Barack Obama, in an interview in Rolling Stone magazine, had referred to Romney as a “bull - - - - - - -,” possibly after the president thought the interview was over.

But, please, it’s not like Obama said 47 percent of the country are “bull - - - - - - - - s.”

And one off-color word can’t hold a candle to the muck being thrown around by all sides in those SuperPAC-sponsored TV ads.

All the same, Obama is the guy who once called for more “civility” in our politics, which we assume was no B.S.

Romney’s team should laugh it off, like a lot of his supporters are doing online, turning it into a Jeff Foxworthy routine:

“If you say Planned Parenthood offers mammograms, you might be a bull­ - - - - - - -.”

“If you say ‘These are shovel-ready jobs’ . . . you might be a bull ­- - - - - - -. ”

“If you say GM has repaid their debt in full, you might be a bull­ - - - -­ - - -. ”

“If you say you’re going to close Gitmo, you might be a bull - - - - - - -.”

“If you say ‘I could not ask for a better vice president,’ you might be a bull - - - - - - -.”

Some flaps in politics should only make us laugh. Anything ginned up by Donald Trump would be one. This would be another.



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