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November 23, 2005

” pit bull ” as compliment

Filed under: pre-06-2006 — David Giacalone @ 11:36 am

Reacting to a post at MyShingle on the “pit bull” case of Florida Bar v.

Pape & Chandler, Mary Whisner at Trial Ad Notes asks a very good

question: “Is it good to be considered a pit bull in the courtroom?”

(Nov. 21, 2005) .  Whisner points out that during the 2004 presidential

campaign Ed Gillespie was called “President Bush’s pit bull,” and notes:


“It doesn’t seem that he minds this — or that Republicans as

a whole feel demeaned because the chairman of the Republican

Party has that nickname. It’s ironic, because during the heat of

the presidential campaign, it seemed that “trial lawyer” was used

as an insult, but “pit bull” was a term of respect.

dog black Of course, there is an even more recent example of a lawyer called

a pit bull — Harriet Miers.  According to the Washington Post last June:  


“When he was governor of Texas, Bush offered a less formal

assessment at an awards ceremony, calling Miers ‘a pit bull

in size 6 shoes.’ The line stuck, in no small part because it

described her cool but dogged determination.”

 

You may recall that there were a lot of reasons given for Miers’   MiersBush

unsuitability to become an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme

Court, but her pit-bull-like qualities were not one of them. Indeed,

I seem to remember some who complained she was simply not

enough of a pit bull for their taste.

 

Do you have any examples of “pit bull” being used as a compliment?

 

 

OstrichSand  p.s. Don’t forget to help us choose a symbol for the Florida

Supreme Court.

 

 

6 Comments

  1. david i had to send this topical piece
    written last july, as my neighbor walked his
    pit bull and stopped at the end of our driveway
    to chat. / shallow puddle / the pit bull makes quick work / of his reflection / ed

    Comment by ed markowski — November 23, 2005 @ 5:06 pm

  2. david i had to send this topical piece
    written last july, as my neighbor walked his
    pit bull and stopped at the end of our driveway
    to chat. / shallow puddle / the pit bull makes quick work / of his reflection / ed

    Comment by ed markowski — November 23, 2005 @ 5:06 pm

  3. david i had to send this topical piece
    written last july, as my neighbor walked his
    pit bull and stopped at the end of our driveway
    to chat. / shallow puddle / the pit bull makes quick work / of his reflection / ed

    Comment by ed markowski — November 23, 2005 @ 5:06 pm

  4. david i had to send this topical piece
    written last july, as my neighbor walked his
    pit bull and stopped at the end of our driveway
    to chat. / shallow puddle / the pit bull makes quick work / of his reflection / ed

    Comment by ed markowski — November 23, 2005 @ 5:06 pm

  5. david,
    a revision / shallow puddle / the pit bull
    ravages / his reflection / ed

    Comment by ed markowski — November 23, 2005 @ 5:46 pm

  6. david,
    a revision / shallow puddle / the pit bull
    ravages / his reflection / ed

    Comment by ed markowski — November 23, 2005 @ 5:46 pm

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