Last week, Taylor told us about John McCain’s “Lexington Project,” his plan for energy independence.
While not named after this Lexington, as someone who likes words, I was intrigued. I’ve recently been pondering a campaign to re-name my hometown “Lexwebbington” but it looks like Mr. McCain has beaten me to the punch:
But when McCain, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, came to the intended sound bite of his speech — the part about reducing America’s dependence on foreign oil — he hit a slick.
“I have set before the American people an energy plan, the Lex-eegton Project,” McCain said, drawing a quick breath and correcting himself. “The Lex-ing-ton Proj-ect,” he said slowly. “The Lexington Project,” he repeated. “Remember that name.”
In a town meeting in Cincinnati the next day, McCain would again slip up on the name of the Massachusetts town, where, he noted, “Americans asserted their independence once before.” He called it “the Lexiggdon Project,” and twice tried to fix his error, before flipping the name (“Project Lexington”) in subsequent references.
McCain’s battle of Lexington is part of a struggle he is engaged in every day. A politician who has thrived in the give-and-take settings of campaign buses, late-night TV couches and town meetings, he now is trying to meet the more formal speaking demands of a general election campaign.
John: I rather like you. Come to this Lexiggdon and I will join you at a press conference and together we can proclaim progress from the rubble of the past.
And furthermore, there already is a “Lexington Project” which is not to be confused with my own “Lexicon Project,” though, words being what they are, adding a few G’s and mangling a pronounciation is basically how language develops.