The other day, Publius at Obsidian Wings suggest ed that we retire the whole "sister souljah" concept from our political lexicon. I beg to differ. The "Sister Souljah moment" idea may be tired cliché with dubious political implications, but in this crazy new world of the 24/7 news cycle doing campaign punditry is harder than ever and we therefore need our lazy clichés more than ever. Will nobody think of the journalists? If anything, people need to try harder to more rigorously fit their discussion of all events into a handful of predetermined frames.

James Fallows, meanwhile, suggests "maybe we can also agree that no future book about China need include the cliche 'the Dragon' in its title." I agree to no such thing!

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