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When Politicians Speak

Robert Ehlert, opinion page editor for the Idaho Statesman, provides a glossary of PoliticalSpeak terms, including:

  • RINO: A reference to a "Republican in Name Only." This derisive term has morphed from a rhino to the elephant in the room whenever Idaho and national Republicans meet to hammer out their political platforms.
  • Career politician: This is a term/tactic to discount/dilute the experience and contributions made by one politician so another can move in and start his/her career in politics.
  • Conservative: Though you can be conservative and be from either the Democratic or Republican parties, the projection of this word is the political equivalent of saying "My dad can beat up your dad."

Full column here.

Question: What is your favorite PoliticalSpeak term?


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