GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Joshua Green at Boston.com, thank you for coining a wonderfully useful new phrase, the Romney “fog machine”. My first thought was that this is the perfect description for a lot of corporate-speak, not to mention some of the unintelligible blather that comes out of the UN and a few other over-sized organizations.
Here’s Green’s take on Romney: “Taken together, I’ve come to think of these speeches, statements, and dodgy rebuttals as the Romney Fog Machine: a great outpouring of words intended to obscure, rather than clarify, the issue at hand.” Green goes on to point out that this was also Romney’s approach in business. Aha! My corporate-speak idea was right on track.
I don’t know if Green actually minted the term, but googling it comes up only with the physical fog machines; Wikipedia points out that exposure to them should be limited. I suspect Green would agree, for the more ethereal political variety.
(Thanks go to The Browser for pointing out Green’s article)