By Bob Greene, CNN Contributor
(CNN) - For months now, platoons of politicians have been filling the air with words.
But today, if only for a few minutes, can we forget about the politicians and express our sympathy for one of the words?
It's such an amiable word: a word that is friendly and easygoing and nonconfrontational, a word that would never want to get dragged into a fight like this.
Yet it is there anyway, caught between practiced brawlers.