"There are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know." Those words from our nation's straight-talking Secretary of Obfuscation, Donald Rumsfeld, bagged the British Plain English Campaign's "Foot in Mouth" award for 2003. Yet the language of political combat has long been a knotty art form. Clinton tangled what it means to be and not to be ("it depends what your definition of the word 'is' is"); Reagan redefined the nation's homeless problem by creating a nation of... More >>>