And that’s not the word

The Associated Press reports the latest from the Colbert campaign this way:

South Carolina Democrats squashed Stephen Colbert’s fanciful White House bid on Thursday.


The story
goes on to say that Democratic leaders turned down the Comedy Central host’s attempt to get on the ballot in his home state.

The problem here is in the choice of verb. To squash something is to flatten it. The word the writer wanted here was “quash,” which means to end or reject by legal procedure.

And that’s the word.