The Encyclopedia of Rhetorical Flourishes, if such a tome existed, would surely record “retired retroactively” among one of the greatest ever uttered. We owe it to Ed Gillespie, senior adviser to Mitt Romney. He was trying to explain how the presumptive Republican nominee who said he left Bain Capital in 1999 was signing documents with the SEC identifying himself as the chairman, CEO and president of that company as late as 2002.

There were other rhetorical flourishes of a sort this week. George Zimmerman said he had no regrets about getting out of his car the night he killed an unarmed Trayvon Martin. John Sununu said President Obama “had no idea how the American system works.” Rush Limbaugh charged that the president was trying “to dismantle, brick by brick, the American dream.” And Michele Bachmann let out a doozy of a whopper that earned her a smack-down from Sen. John McCain.

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