Monday, April 24, 2006

Treading Water in the Voting Pool

I'll break my self-imposed ban on linking to the the New York Times since this really caught my eye. In an article on the mayoral candidacy of Ray Nagin in New Orleans, Times reporter Adam Nossiter wrote the following:
Black residents, whose neighborhoods were the most devastated by the storm, voted in much smaller numbers than whites did on Saturday, even more so than usual.
What's wrong with this sentence? That's right, using the phrase "more so than usual" to describe an event that is happening less often is grammatically awkward to the keen Safireian gaze!

Additionally, there's the not-so-subtle effect of reading a sentence so blindingly obvious that you may as well have been hit in the face with a two by four swung by Barry Bonds fresh from a two-hour media session.

Hmm, why is the black vote down in New Orleans? Perhaps it was the massive hurricane that devastated the poorest sections of the city, drowning obscene numbers of the largely black (or "so black", as Wolf Blitzer would say) population and sending the rest of them running for their lives. It's either that or apathy. Brought on by welfare.

In related news, New Orleans is poised to have its first white mayor in 30 years. I wonder if George Bush is going to break out that old Mission Accomplished banner for the occasion.
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