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Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2009

Shakespeare ("a rose by any other name") and Orwell ("Newspeak") would recognize as insidious Democrat euphemisms aimed at making palatable that which leaves a bad taste in the electorate's mouth.

Discussing health care reform at a Florida senior center, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., referred to "competitive option" and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., referred to "the consumer option" -- not to the "public option."

Mrs. Pelosi contends "public option" -- the government foot in the door that leads to private health insurers' demise -- is a misrepresentation.

That's one heck of a statement from someone who just debuted a new way to misrepresent a concept -- misrepresented by Democrats throughout the debate -- that the public still isn't buying. And that underlines Democrats' unseemly determination to enact "reform" that the American people oppose.

Time will tell whether these Democrat neologisms will deserve induction into the same Hall of Sophistry Shame -- er, Pantheon of Political Rebranding -- that enshrines such all-time lows as "revenue enhancement."

For now, remember that "public option" by any other name stinks just as badly as it always has -- and so does politicians' mangling of language to obfuscate.

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