On Paladino and Taking People Out

The thing that most disturbed me about the altercation between NY gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino and NY Post reporter Fred Dicker was Paladino’s threat to “take out” Dicker. (For more see this story.)

The only person I remember using that diction was George W. Bush, who pledged he would “take out” Saddam.

Then he gave us a demonstration of what the phrase means.

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  1. Bush seems to have permanently lowered the level of discourse.

    how about

    “We’re gonna hunt him down “

  2. I think he meant “take out” as in “take out to dinner,” to sit down and explain his story in an exclusive profile for the NYPost tabloid paper

  3. Paladino’s strongest appeal to many is that he refuses to conduct his campaign within the confines of politeness as defined by the existing elite.

    This defense of his 10 year old daughter will do him nothing but good.

  4. Do you not recall Obama trying to out-hawk McCain on escalating the Afghan War, Prof?

    “When John McCain said we could just “muddle through” in Afghanistan, I argued for more resources and more troops to finish the fight against the terrorists who actually attacked us on 9/11 and made clear that we must TAKE OUT Osama bin Laden and his lieutenants if we have them in our sights.”

    link to npr.org

  5. In the old days, one might imagine the threat would lead to a mob hit on the reporter. Now all the politician has to do is frame the reporter as an enemy of the state and let the CIA/FBI LEGALLY take him out.

  6. Paladino, Bush II, Emanuel, Obama — they’re much alike but have different styles.

    Obama prefers to have FBI agents raid the houses of innocent Americans who oppose the war in Afghanistan. The excuse that they were conducting a rogue operation doesn’t wash. In fact they were utilizing federal funds dedicated to spying on, harassing and criminalizing the citizenry.

    As to Emanuel, at least Pelosi had the courage to say ‘f… you’ to his face when he tried to bully her into giving up on expanding health coverage to poorer Americans.

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