One of my favorite Latin legalisms is “res ipsa loquitur” – “the thing speaks for itself”. This phrase is appropriate in situations where no further detail or explanation is necessary; the proof of the matter is self-evident. As we got to see more and more of Sarah Palin after my initial post on her, in which I had reserved judgment, I’ve been tempted to just say “res ipsa” and move on.
But, I can’t let this Dick Cavett column go by without passing it along. Enjoy.