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January 31, 2006



E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.


The basis, or that on which an animal walks (Greek, baino, to go, and basis, a footstep). The foot is the foundation—hence, base of a pillar, etc. It is also the lowest part, and hence the notion of WORTHLESS (emphasis mine). Bass in music (Italian, basso) is the lowest part, or the part for the lowest compass of voice.


Well, I think a base is very important. A solid foundation is far from worthless. In fact, it is key to holding up the house. Which is why I never understand the most radical--and therefore most unstable--part of the parties should be called a base. You need something rock solid and firmly rooted. Otherwise, you just end up with a lot of subsidence.


True, all very true, Daniel, BUT

seems like the "foundations" (in both cases) are just a little slanted, aka out of whack!

Dave Schuler

As I noted in my post this morning both Akaka and Inouye of Hawaii, two of the most reliably left-wing Senators, both voted for cloture. So you purge the centrists like Lieberman and the principled lefties like Akaka and Inouye. Who've you got left? And where in the country can it elect whom to what?

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