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McCain And The 'Ic' Factor

Poor John McCain isn't especially good at grammar, either. Given McCain’s reputation for reaching across the aisle and his daily pledge to treat Se

Poor John McCain isn't especially good at grammar, either.

Given McCain’s reputation for reaching across the aisle and his daily pledge to treat Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton with respect, Washington Wire was a little surprised to hear McCain using the ["Democrat Party"] language.

“One thing I’m not any good at predicting is the outcome of Democrat elections,” he said Tuesday aboard his bus, dubbed the Straight Talk Express. A day earlier, he had mentioned his “Democrat friends” to a Cleveland-area audience.

Asked aboard his bus about the “ic,” he replied, “I’m sorry, I usually say Democratic. They prefer Democratic, so I try to say Democratic... It offends some members of their party, so I’ll say Democratic if that’s what makes them feel better.”

But his resolve didn’t last long. Later on that same ride, he was talking about his annoyance that Democrats take credit for the improving situation in Iraq. “To say, as Sen. Obama has said, that it’s because of the Democrat majority that we have experienced success in Iraq, that’s just beyond comprehension.”

For the record, it's not a matter of "preference," or "feeling better." "Democrat" is a noun, "Democratic" is an adjective. This isn't optional; it's English. "Democrat Party" isn't bothersome, it's just wrong.

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