This has been bothering me since yesterday.* As is our wont on Sunday mornings, we watched McLaughlin Group and he was doing his annual year-end Awards Show where they all vote for things like "Best Political Comeback", "Lamest Apology", etc. I don't remember what the specific topic of this one was, but McLaughlin had asked each guest to predict the outcome of something or other -- it may have been about Libya, but it doesn't matter.
Anyway, one of them prefaced his prediction by asserting, "All the smart people are saying...".
Here's the part that's got me bothered. Does he mean the people who are saying "X" are saying it because they're smart or are they smart because that's what they're saying (i.e. agreeing with him)?
It strikes me as a wonderful phrase because it allows the person who hears it to interpret the information anyway s/he chooses to interpret it. How wonderfully meaningless!
*"bothering", as in "causing me to think about it bemusedly a couple of times", not as in, "the bastard who said this has ruined my life".