Huffington Post political reporter Ryan Grim appeared on MSNBC today, with Tamron Hall, to discuss Republican congressional candidate Vaughn Ward's alleged plagiarism of a Barack Obama speech. Ward, who is running in today's Republican primary for Idaho's first congressional district against Tea Party-backed State Representative Raul Labrador, is accused of plagiarizing a speech that then-State Senator Barack Obama gave at the 2004 Democratic National Convention.
Ryan Grim noted that Ward didn't steal any of Obama's ideas, just his rhetoric. "It kind of makes me wonder, why do we demand that our politicians string together their cliches in an original way? Maybe the fact is that we're just running out of cliches," said Grim. "What if we start updating our store of cliches to fit contemporary society a little bit better? Like, instead of saying 'we're at a crossroads,' we could say, 'my fellow Americans, we've come to a bus stop.'"