October 6, 2005

"... or whatever it's called."

How delightful good old Howard Dean is:
On MSNBC's "Hardball" yesterday, ... Dean invoked a crude phrase usually reserved for the locker room when urging Bush to make public Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers's White House records. "I think with a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court, you can't play, you know, hide the salami, or whatever it's called," he said.
There's some colloquial phrase he was trying to dredge out of his poor overheated brain. "Hide the ball," I guess. Maybe he thought "ball" sounded dirty.


Goesh said...

-only in America

Scipio said...


The myriad of images conjured by that hideously frattish metaphor when used in connection with the cronish Harriet Miers is vile enough to curdle milk. Hell, to curdle UHT milk.

Goatwhacker said...

I wonder what phrase he was searching for, funny that "hide the salami" popped into his head. Makes you wonder if he grasps the meaning.

And hey, Scipio, this is the 21st century, Harriet Miers can play hide the salami if she wants.

The Mojician said...

Perhaps he was searching for the phrase "hide the pea," a reference to the shell games where a pea is hidden under one of three shells and the "perpetrator" uses sleight of hand to fool the participant as to which shell the pea is under.

AllenS said...

Maybe Dean is just an idiot.

Scipio said...


Harriet can do whatever she wants, even if it does curdle UHT milk. But I don't have to like it.

Chrees said...

Reminds me of a quote that made it to the front page of The Wall Street Journal during the Watergate hearings. One congressman was quoted as saying "This is more fun than choking a chicken."

Obviously no one on the WSJ staff knew what that meant.

Anonymous said...

"Who could have possibly envisioned an erection — an election in Iraq at this point in history?" —George W. Bush, at the white House, Washington, D.C., Jan. 10, 2005

"Too many good docs are getting out of the business. Too many OB-GYNs aren't able to practice their love with women all across this country." —George W. Bush, Poplar Bluff, Mo., Sept. 6, 2004

"But the true strength of America is found in the hearts and souls of people like Travis, people who are willing to love their neighbor, just like they would like to love themselves." —George W. Bush, Springfield, Mo., Feb. 9, 2004

"Let me put it to you bluntly. In a changing world, we want more people to have control over your own life." —George W. Bush, Annandale, Va, Aug. 9, 2004

"Oh, no, we're not going to have any casualties." —discussing the Iraq war with Christian Coalition founder Pat Robertson, as quoted by Robertson

15. "The most important thing is for us to find Osama bin Laden. It is our number one priority and we will not rest until we find him." —Washington, D.C., Sept. 13, 2001

14. "I don't know where bin Laden is. I have no idea and really don't care. It's not that important. It's not our priority." —Washington, D.C., March 13, 2002

13. "But all in all, it's been a fabulous year for Laura and me." —summing up his first year in office, three months after the 9/11 attacks, Washington, D.C., Dec. 20, 2001

"I hope you leave here and walk out and say, 'What did he say?'" —George W. Bush, Beaverton, Oregon, Aug. 13, 2004

"See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda." —George W. Bush, Greece, N.Y., May 24, 2005

"You work three jobs? … Uniquely American, isn't it? I mean, that is fantastic that you're doing that." —George W. Bush, to a divorced mother of three, Omaha, Nebraska, Feb. 4, 2005

"It's a time of sorrow and sadness when we lose a loss of life." —George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Dec. 21, 2004

"I have a record in office, as well. And all Americans have seen that record. September the 4th, 2001, I stood in the ruins of the Twin Towers. It's a day I will never forget." —George W. Bush, Marlton, New Jersey, Oct. 18, 2004

"I hear there's rumors on the Internets that we're going to have a draft." —George W. Bush, second presidential debate, St. Louis, Mo., Oct. 8, 2004

"Tribal sovereignty means that; it's sovereign. I mean, you're a — you've been given sovereignty, and you're viewed as a sovereign entity. And therefore the relationship between the federal government and tribes is one between sovereign entities." —George W. Bush, speaking to minority journalists, Washington, D.C., Aug. 6, 2004

"Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we." —George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Aug. 5, 2004

"Give me a chance to be your president and America will be safer and stronger and better." —Still-President George W. Bush, Marquette, Michigan, July 13, 2004

"I want to thank my friend, Senator Bill Frist, for joining us today. You're doing a heck of a job. You cut your teeth here, right? That's where you started practicing? That's good. He married a Texas girl, I want you to know. Karyn is with us. A West Texas girl, just like me." —George W. Bush, Nashville, Tenn., May 27, 2004

"Recession means that people's incomes, at the employer level, are going down, basically, relative to costs, people are getting laid off." —George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Feb. 19, 2004

"Do you have blacks, too?" —to Brazilian President Fernando Cardoso, Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2001

5. "If this were a dictatorship, it'd be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I'm the dictator." —Washington, D.C., Dec. 19, 2000

4. "There's an old saying in Tennessee — I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can't get fooled again." —Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 17, 2002 (Watch video)

1. "My answer is bring them on." —on Iraqi insurgents attacking U.S. forces, Washington, D.C., July 3, 2003

Palani said...

The phrase Dean was alluding to is "hide the weenie". Google it, and you'll see just how crude it really is.

vbspurs said...

The myriad of images conjured by that hideously frattish metaphor when used in connection with the cronish Harriet Miers is vile enough to curdle milk. Hell, to curdle UHT milk.


P.S.: Can we keep Howard Dean as DNC chair for life? Please?


Goatwhacker said...

Looks like quxxo's able to cut and paste, right down to the (watch video) inserts.

Blue Gal said...

Great minds think alike. Blue Gal found Howard's salami this morning too. Well, at least it wasn't Karl Rove's mini gherkin.