Member Rara Avis
It use of "uh" this way is, uh, and intellectual affectation of pretending to be more folksy than you are.
No, Bob, it's an oft used literary convention to display confusion or hesitation. It's not much different than having a character in a story swear to show state of mind? Just more polite.
I wouldn’t try to give you a piece of false information. You can hear the exact quote for yourself. It is not a vague rumor, it was a reference I found on CSPAN.
It would still be just a vague rumor, Bob, and would remain so until Congressman Sherman was willing to reveal the identity of the people allegedly attributed with such threats. However, I think it's fairly clear from the 48 second spot you linked, and even more clear from the Congressman's five minute interview with Alex Jones, that the rumor is more disingenuous than it is vague. And, yea, I'm being polite again.
Here's a direct quote from Brad Sherman: "Wall Street used, uh, these panic tactics to get us to pass this 700 billion dollar, uh, what the bill really is is 700 billion dollars in unmarked bills. They said the market would drop by 4000 points, blood would flow in the streets, and lions would be devouring children in the parks of Los Angeles."
Setting aside the Valley Girl hesitations and the obvious hyperbole, Bob, the threats seem to be coming from Wall Street, not the White House. He still doesn't tell us specifically who is speaking for Wall Street, though, does he? Later in the interview, when directly asked to name names, here's what the Congressman says: " Private conversations between members on the floor, you really can't reveal without the permission of the other party."
Now it's other Congressmen? Speaking for Wall Street? I guess not, because Sherman goes on to say, "I think these were people who really believed what they were saying. I don't think these were people who, uh, uh, got called by Goldman Sachs and said, oh, go say this or go say that. The panic takes on a life of it's own."
That panic seems to work both ways, doesn't it?
How many parents in this country have told their kids to look both ways before crossing the street? Would you characterize that as a threat, Bob? Or as a warning? How many parents have perhaps went a little overboard and painted horrible pictures of what might happen if the kid disobeyed and rushed into the street without looking? Threat or warning, Bob?
It seems to me a lot of people have tried to take the words of Brad Sherman and twist them to suit their own purposes. Lots of drama. Fortunately, the honorable representative from California doesn't seem to be among those people. He quite clearly admits, "I know that some comments like that were made. I didn't take them seriously, I know some would, I thought it was just overblown effort to create a panic in order to pass a bad bill."
p.s. I only got about five minutes into the Naomi Wolf video. Apparently there was an American coup on October 1 and we have only a short time to arrest the President. Excuse me if my trust in anything this individual had to say declined after that?