Thursday, December 11, 2008

And the most overused phrase of 2008 is...

Let [insert name] be [insert name]!

The McCain Campaign was exhorted by frantic Republican bloggers to let Sarah Palin be Sarah Palin. The media desperately wanted that same campaign to let John McCain be John McCain.

Sports announcers urge coaches to let the star player be himself.

Today, CNN urges all of us to let Michelle Obama be Michelle Obama.

Is there some grave threat to human autonomy of which I am unaware? Is some evil conglomerate trying to replace us all with Stepford-like robots? Are we being invaded by body snatchers? Turning into pod people? Or are pundits, journalists, and bloggers just too unoriginal and lemming-like to express themselves without resorting to hackneyed phrases? I'm going with that last one.

How about we all agree to let everyone be themselves and to stop using this silly phrase? Good.

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