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Linguistics; political language; the Obama/Biden/Palin dilemma...

fionnulaharp's comment points out exactly the rhetorical problem that Obama and Biden are going to face now: "But if you take her up on the fightin' words, then you're picking on the girl."

Sarah Palin has been able to establish her identity as The Girl Next Door and The Mom Next Door. In her speech last night she didn't miss even one opportunity for a smart crack; she nailed down every single one. But I don't see any way that Obama and Biden -- or their spokespersons -- can come back at her on anything remotely like an equivalent basis without instantly being smothered in "picking on the girl" and "being sexist exactly the same way they were sexist about Senator Clinton" accusations.

It seems to me that the Obama/Biden campaign is now tightly trapped in a box.

They need a metaphor that will function as a door out of that box.
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