It shouldn't surprise me when I hear a cliche in its natural environment — but whether it's a political lie, a cultural myth or a humdrum stereotype, I'm always taken aback to the point of laughter when I actually hear one uttered without irony.
As we were watching the speeches tonight (the kids told me that if I didn't want to hear what McCain had to say and was going to argue every point he made, I should just switch to watching baseball), John told me he had heard one. I'll let you guess what it was.
A) My friend said that George Bush was helping us win in Iraq.
B) My friend said that John McCain was going to make us win in Iraq once and for all.
C) My friend said that Obama is a Moo-slim. What does that mean?
D) My friend said that Hillary wants to take his guns away.
If you know the area, you can probably guess. You can probably guess my response, too.