Mighty Red Pen

May 10, 2012

Romney hunts, shoots, and leaves

Filed under: Grammar goddess,Perilous punctuation — mighty red pen @ 8:09 pm
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We got a Mitt Romney twofer here tonight, people!

1. First up, h/t to Laura from Terribly Write for this little tidbit (spotted here) about Romney and Papa John’s Pizza founder John Schnatter:

Okay, here’s the deal: if you want to say that Schnatter is the guy who made a lot of money making pizza, then he’s a pizza magnate (a magnate being “a person of rank, power, influence, or distinction often in a specified area” (M-W). If you want to say that Schnatter seems to be a little soft around the edges from all the pizza he’s been throwing back, then he may very well in fact be a pizza magnet.

2. And here’s some more Romney-related fun, courtesy of Romney’s statement on the Second Amendment from his own website:

“Mitt will work to expand and enhance access and opportunities for Americans to hunt, shoot, and protect their families“? Isn’t that all the American people really want—to be able to protect their families but also have the option to hunt and shoot them if they desire?

Whoever proofread this awkward sentence should definitely get a vote of no confidence from the Republican candidate. They should have elected to undertake a rewrite of some kind that separated the notions of “hunt and shoot” from “protect their families.” And, finally, if Romney does make it to the White House, perhaps he should consider adding a Secretary of Copy Editing to his cabinet.


  1. That is probably the most unfortunate coordination I’ve ever seen. It even beats the “there were plenty of smiles, children, and ice cream consumed” that I once saw in my college newspaper.

    Comment by Jonathon — May 11, 2012 @ 12:02 am | Reply

  2. I thought the pizza magnet attracted thin-crust pies.

    Comment by Laura — May 11, 2012 @ 12:19 am | Reply

  3. I’ve been thinking more about this quote, and it makes perfect sense. How do you “expand and enhance access and opportunities for Americans to . . . protect their families” unless you first put those families in danger?

    Comment by Jonathon — May 11, 2012 @ 12:25 pm | Reply

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