Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Jim Webb needs a new speechwriter

We hoped that they would be right, that they would measure with accuracy the value of our lives against the enormity of the national interest that might call upon us to go into harm's way.

Enormity (Websters): an outrageous, improper, vicious, or immoral act

Enormity (Cambridge): extremely evil act or the quality of being extremely evil

The origin of 'enormity' is similar to 'enormous,' that is, large in excess, though the meaning grew from the idea of being significantly departed from the accepted, moral norm. I really hope that he meant the significance or importance of national interest, and needs a new speech writer. The alternative is that he believes the national interest of this country has been evil since the time of the Korean conflict (which, despite his accolades to Eisenhower, is technically ongoing).

Just my $.02 on tonight's speeches... UPDATE Ok, a quick search shows that he does seem to know what the word means:

Webb said the enormity of what happened there is, "almost beyond description." But he says the government hasn't "really stepped forward to do anything about it."



Jonah said...

I hear he wrote his own speech but accepted input.

Thank you, Democrats, for picking such a dull rebuttaler.

max said...

Yes, though harder to drip while blogging, sarcasm is still fun. For such an accomplished writer, I'm surprised at his speech. So much so that I wonder if the story is made up to get him some pity.