[Ads-l] Duncan Hunter revives "He may be a _____, but he's our _____"

Bonnie Taylor-Blake b.taylorblake at GMAIL.COM
Tue Aug 29 03:54:00 UTC 2017

The San Diego Union-Tribune has reported that Congressman Duncan Hunter
(R-CA) on Friday said of the President, "He’s an asshole, but he’s our

The newspaper noted that "Hunter’s salty assessment was recounted by four
people who were present when the congressman spoke at a Riverside County
Young Republicans meeting in a Murrieta sports bar."


Hunter's observation brings to mind earlier anecdotes involving Anastasio
Somoza and, separately, FDR. This particular snowclone -- used primarily to
describe a fellow party-member -- is older, however, going back at least to
1868.  Back then, "asshole" was replaced by "rascal," at least in family


See also Barry Popik's analysis of this one,


or http://bit.ly/2gkoGFh

-- Bonnie

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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