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In Bush's email plea to my Republican alter ego, I found this passage especially interesting -- though it took me a minute to figure out why:

nothing threatens our hard-won reforms and economic prosperity more than a Democrat victory this November.
Today, many Democrats want the tax relief we passed to expire in a few years. Some even want to repeal it now.
The Democrat Party has a clear record when it comes to taxes.
Give up? No, it's not the proper grammar exerted by the president but it is the language.

Back in 2003, for example (when the Iraq War was about WMD, remember that?), the White House still opted for "Democratic" as the preferred adjective to modify "party" or "victory" or what have you.

Now that the Iraq War (and much of the administration's botched foreign policy) is about installing democracy or "democratic reforms" -- and my fondest wish is that this comes true -- the administration has chosen to quietly separate their opposition party from their policy by opting for the clunky: "Democrat Party" and "democrat victory."

That way, you know, nobody will confuse the Democrats with people who advocate Democracy.

Plus, it has the added benefit of sounding ever-so-slightly ominous.

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