A lot of politicians are hemming around it

On the Rachel Maddow show, Leo Shane of the Military Times was commenting on the idea of doing away with the VA medical system.  He said: “A lot of a politicians are hemming around it.”  This is a nice congruent conflation of “hemming and hawing” and “dancing around (an issue)”, both meaning to avoid or skirt an issue or question.  I am sure we will be seeing and hearing a lot of hemming around this political season.  Kudos to Frank King for hearing this one and passing it on!

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