I suppose it’s no secret that if you want to appeal to the “average” person in America — or so the elitist political experts suggest — you must try to be a little less competent at the use of the English language.
I’ve always found that an odd piece of advice that says more about how many politicians view Americans than Americans themselves.
But, be that as it may, dumbing down the language is what they do.
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started several blogs, and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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