We have already gone past the Mariana Trench of this campaign, and are rapidly reaching Challenger Deep. (That's 1,034 m (36,201 feet) below sea level.) And we continue to go downhill. However, I am confident that I will know when Donald Trump gives this speech. He's come close many times before.
The speech may be familiar; it was, supposedly given by right-wing Democrat George Smathers against centrist Democrat Claude Pepper in the 1950 Florida Senate Primary. Smathers always denied it and even offered to pay anyone who could prove he gave the speech.But even if it's apocryphal ... has that ever stopped The Donald?
This version is a revised and expanded version that appeared in Mad Magazine in 1970. But the basic idea of the original is there. Blogger Rick Sincere explained it back in 2007:
Had Smathers actually given this speech, he would have been practicing a form of the literary technique known as paranomasia, defined as
a play on words or ideas. This term is from the Greek and is a combination of a preposition and a noun, the former primarily meaning beside; the latter indicating to name or to give a name to. Laying aside the rigidity of the etymology of the term, we would say that paronomasia consists of our laying down beside one word or idea that has been used-- a similar one with a little variation or change. The point or force of the word or idea thus employed is contingent upon our understanding of the word or idea upon which it is a pun.In this case, of course, the point is contingent on the audience's misunderstanding of "the word or idea upon which it is a pun."