A campaign spokesman, speaking of his candidate to an anchor on CNN:
“He’s not going to be a wallflower that’s going to get pushed around.”I can’t imagine what metaphor this spokesman was reaching for. But it certainly wasn’t wallflower . Perhaps he was confusing school dances, where the meek stand off to the side, and school hallways, where the meek get pushed up against the lockers.
The comments from Daughter Number Three and Pete Lit on this recent post made me notice the spokesman’s use of “with all due respect” — twice, each time prefacing a reply that said, in essence, You’re completely, totally wrong, you jerk.
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[“Where the meek stand off to the side”: if they’re even there. I speak from experience.]