It seems that whenever Bush or the Republicans trot out the phrase “playing politics”, they really mean “thinking critically”. Just visit the following links, and replace the phrase “playing politics” with “thinking critically” to see what I mean.
“But here’s the question. The question is, how do you respond to [the intelligence failures]? Do you respond to it by correcting the intelligence, or do you do what the Democrats are doing, which is [thinking critically] with it. And I think the president’s point was at this critical moment in this critical war, with this central front in the war on terror, [thinking critically] is not what we should be doing.” Chairman of the Republican Party, Ken Mehlman – Transcript for November 13 – Meet the Press, online at MSNBC – MSNBC.com
Some of our elected leaders have opposed this war all along. I disagreed with them, but I respect their willingness to take a consistent stand. Yet some Democrats who voted to authorize the use of force are now rewriting the past. They are [thinking critically] with this issue and they are sending mixed signals to our troops and the enemy. And that’s irresponsible. President Delivers Remarks at Elmendorf AFB on War on Terror
I’m sure there are other substitutions that can be made, for “sending mixed signals” and “rewriting the past”. In fact, I’m beginning to think it’s possible to translate Bush-speak into something intelligible. Heh…nevermind…I can’t believe I just said that.