It Is What It Is

Guest post by Michael Chambers
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Over the past several years, the phrase “It is what it is” has become another way of saying, “I don’t want to have to explain it.” Bill Belichick, Head Coach of the New England Patriots, is the master at using this phrase to put off questions by reporters. Of course, Belichick is trying to keep usable information from his competition by not putting any meat on the bone, so to speak. So when the reporters leave the press conference, they probably know very little more than what they knew when the conference started. Now that same tactic has spread to other sports, especially when players do not want to talk about their performance on the field, court, or ice rink. In other words, “Don’t ask because I don’t want to discuss it.”

I just viewed the local Democratic committee’s platform. A month ago I suggested that an explanation about the planks of their platform would be helpful. I was roundly criticized by some of the local Democrats. I got the impression that their platform is what it is. No explanation given. With 94 days to go, the voter will just have to guess what the planks mean. So for right now, the platform of the local Democratic committee is what it is.