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Politics and basketball

Posted Wednesday, February 27, 2008, at 9:44 AM

Reject vs. denounce.

While Tennessee and Vanderbilt were battling on the basketball court Tuesday night, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama were debating about exactly how he should repudiate the endorsement of Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan.

Obama said "denounce." Clinton said he should "reject," not just "denounce."

It struck me at that point, for some reason, how those words would be used in terms of a relationship.

Often people "reject" the advances of an unwanted potential lover. You don't usually think of a rejection as a "denouncement", although I guess it could be termed that way.

Clinton was trying to insinuate that Obama wasn't fully refusing Farrakhan's endorsement, although he eventually conceded her point.

It also reminded me of Bill Clinton's occasional attempts to manipulate the English language last decade.

I watched some of the Democratic debate (like a rerun at this point ... same bickering over and over) while checking in regularly on the ball game (much more interesting) and snowfall outside Tuesday night (would it accumulate? YES!! - a little). Unlike most Tennessee snow flurries, when I was at one of our large grocery stores about 8 p.m. it was nearly empty. Usually the briefest mention of accumulation sends crowds out on milk, bread and beer runs.

Even though the Vols ran out of steam Tuesday, with the way things are going if coach Bruce Pearl ever wants to run for office in Tennessee he's building enough good will to be elected.

Hopefully Vandy can keep coach Kevin Stallings around a while longer also, considering that ESPN commentators were naming him as a potential pick for power schools' future coaching openings.

Meanwhile, Clinton and Obama, along with John McCain, are here to stay for the next few months. Maybe we need to borrow a referee from the ball game and call a time out from politicians for awhile.

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I noticed two lines used by a commentator from the game and one from the debate... "Snow may be accumulating outside and it's awfully cold, but it's pretty hot inside." I thought that was ironic.

Clinton and Obama [though I like them both] just want free media, that's what debates are essentially, neither candidate has to pay for those ads to share their ideas and attacks. Maybe some cash-strapped Republicans could be as wise one day?

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Wed, Feb 27, 2008, at 10:15 AM

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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.