"If you’re explaining, you’re losing’ is a political axiom that dates in print to at least the 1980s. A politician who has to explain is often confusing and losing his or her audience. The saying has been credited to political pundit George Will.
A week in the life of an NYPD homicide cop
By Carsten Stroud
New York, NY: Viking
Pointing to the thousands of police officers who did what was required of them in anonymity should not have struck Kennedy as a weak defense, but in the political and media combat of New York City, the old saying was true: If you’re explaining, you’re losing.
Blowing the lid off Congress
By John L. Jackley
Washington, DC: Regnery Gateway
“When you’re explaining, you’re losing,” is Congressman Coleman’s favorite expression.
Collection Assessment and Acquisitions Budgets
By Sul H. Lee
George Will reminded us a few yean ago of the axiom that when you’re explaining, you’re losing.
12 October 1994, Daily Press (Newport News, VA), “North’s allies quickly fire back new attack on Robb,” pg. B1:
“In politics, if you’re explaining, you’re losing,” Holsworth said.
Campaign Politics and Conservative Policies
By Ed Gillespie
New York, NY: Simon and Schuster
“When you’re explaining you’re losing.”
George Will once wrote, “It’s axiomatic in American politics that when you’re explaining you’re losing.” It was an axiom I had committed to memory, and I knew we were going to spend a lot of time explaining her position if she held to it.
Why everything you know about crisis management is wrong
By Eric Dezenhall and John Weber
New York, NY: Portfolio
There is a maxim in politics that if you’re explaining, you’re losing.
The Speed of Trust:
The One Thing That Changes Everything
By Stephen R. Covey with Rebecca R. Merrill
New York, NY: Simon & Schuster
In the legal world vernacular, “If you’re explaining, you’re losing.”
Former Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney Breaks Down the Final Debate
Thursday, October 16, 2008
This is a rush transcript from “Hannity & Colmes,” October 15, 2008. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.
ROMNEY: . explaining, explaining, and in politics, as they say, if you’re explaining you’re losing, and Barack Obama was trying to explain some very extreme positions.
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