Lily's Latin Grammar and Rick Santorum

It is customary to learn old tricks and dead languages the hard way. It’s customary to know something about argument as an art if you want to succeed. Charlatans will fool you if you don’t know what’s being said. Propria quae maribus, baby!

When I saw Rick Santorum’s announcement that he was pumping iron in a Steubenville, Ohio high school weight room I saw that synecdoche and pathos are alive and well but just so, the body politic, especially that of the GOP may now be too dumb to vote. Really, Mr. Santorum? Lifting a dumbbell in an impoverished school takes the place of a substantive jobs and education plan?

Given how tawdry and soulless this campaign has been its easy to overlook this moment of rhetorical stenosis.