Suspending disbelief about Jon Huntsman's 'suspension'
Whatever else it produces, the 2012 race for the White House has elevated a euphemism in political discourse: "suspending." In pulling out of the Republican contest today, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. announced that he was "suspending" his campaign -- and then endorsed Mitt Romney.
Hmm. Merriam-Webster offers these definitions of "suspend":
So what "further information" would induce Huntsman to un-suspend his campaign -- and renege on his support for Romney? None, of course. "Suspending" your campaign -- as Herman Cain and Michele Bachmann also did -- is a face-saving way to say "I'm outta here" as well as a legal technicality that allows a former candidate to continue to raise and spend campaign funds.
Maybe it will catch on in non-political circles. Instead of "I quit," disaffected employees could say "I'm suspending my job."
-- Michael McGough
Photo: Speaking in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Jon Huntsman Jr. announces he is suspending his campaign for the GOP presidential nomination. Credit: Charles Dharapak / Associated Press