Help! We political wordsmiths are in urgent need of assistance from lexicologists.
The Republican presidential primary has gone so far out, so beyond accepted boundaries of civic and civil behavior, that we’ve run out of words to describe the extreme weirdness. Words like bizarre, loopy, grotesque, burlesque, and freak show just don’t do justice to it.
From the days of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, American politics has never been an endeavor for the delicate — it’s closer to a demolition derby than to a game of badminton. But still, the slur-fest and hate-mongering of the campaigns being run by Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and Daffy, Sleepy, Dopey, Curly, and Moe are extraordinarily excremental.