more weird prep-dropping and/or subcategorization

David Metevia djmetevia at CHARTERMI.NET
Sun Jan 4 22:44:56 UTC 2009

I found these from the past:

Miers withdraws Supreme Court nomination - The Changing Court ... Oct
27, 2005 ... Confronted with criticism from both the left and right,
Harriet Miers on Thursday withdrew her nomination to the US Supreme

Appeals Court Candidate Withdraws Nomination - Los Angeles Times Barbara
Durham, a conservative Washington Supreme Court justice, disclosed
Thursday that she is withdrawing her candidacy for a seat on the US 9th
Circuit ...

On the face of it, the construction is something I would say.....until I
start to analyze it and wonder how the person nominated can withdraw
something he did not submit.


-----Original Message-----
From: Laurence Horn
Sent: Sunday, January 04, 2009 16:00
Subject: more weird prep-dropping and/or subcategorization

headline and first paragraph from a Huffington Post story today:

Bill Richardson Withdraws Commerce Secretary Nomination

WASHINGTON - New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson on Sunday announced that
he was withdrawing his nomination to be President-elect Barack
Obama's commerce secretary amid a grand jury investigation into how
some of his political donors won a lucrative state contract.

I don't recall this construction before, with the nominee withdrawing
his own nomination to a cabinet position, although I'm not sure I
could say "withdrawing from his nomination" either.  I guess I'd use
"decline".  Or something.   But for me, only the President-Elect (or
President-Select, as Rush Limbaugh and his ilk like to call him)
could withdraw Richardson's nomination, assuming the nomination
itself really exists in the first place before Obama is sworn in.



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