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guelo 583 days ago | link | parent

In political circles it is thought that a Democrat president could never have been the first to go to China because they would have been accused of supporting communists. Only a Republican president could do it because he was insulated from attacks from the right. The idea I was trying to express in my comment is that Obama can go further to attack civil liberties because the left won't criticize him. When Bush was president liberals would frequently criticize civil liberties issues, nowadays they are silent.


bobwaycott 582 days ago | link

In political circles, throughout the whole history of the word's existence, we don't say "Democrat president" -- it's Democratic. As in the Democratic Party. The opponent of the Republican Party.

Why?

Democratic is an adjective. Thus, it modifies nouns like president, party, congressperson, senator, carl-the-carpenter ... they're all democratic [insert noun], not democrat [insert noun]. When using the noun form, it is democrat. But nouns do not modify nouns. So we never, ever, ever say "democrat president". We say Democratic president.

It's apparently confusing because republican is both a noun and an adjective. But democratic and democrat are distinct.

Mr. Obama is a Democrat. [noun] Mr. Obama is a Democratic president. [adjective]

Suggested corrections:

> In political circles it is thought that a Democratic president could never have been the first to go to China because they would have been accused of supporting communists. Only a Republican president could do it because he was insulated from attacks from the right.

or

> In political circles it is thought that a Democrat could never have been the first to go to China because they would have been accused of supporting communists. Only a Republican could do it because he was insulated from attacks from the right.

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