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A lot of these were phrases before this election, but some of them just came into existence very quickly and I hope they die with such expedition. Feel free to add your own!

  1. American Dream
  2. Bradley Effect
  3. Bush Doctrine
  4. Community Organizer
  5. Countries That Don't Like Us Very Much
  6. Drinking the Kool-Aid
  7. Earmarks
  8. Elitist
  9. Going Rogue
  10. Gotcha Journalism
  11. Hockey Mom
  12. Joe the Plumber
  13. Joe Six Pack
  14. Lipstick on a Pig
  15. Maverick
  16. My Friends
  17. One Heartbeat Away
  18. Palling Around with Terrorists
  19. Pit bull with Lipstick
  20. Pork Barrel Spending
  21. Reaching Across the Aisle
  22. Real Americans
  23. Socialist
  24. Spread the Wealth Around
  25. Terrorist Fist Bump
  26. That One
  27. Thrown Under the Bus
  28. Town Hall Debate
  29. Wall Street/Main Street
  30. Wall Street Bailout
  31. Washington Outsider
  32. Worst Financial Crisis Since the Great Depression
  33. You Betcha



( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 17th, 2008 08:22 pm (UTC)
Heh. I feel the same way about much of that list. It's just election year posturing.

The next big thing seems to be the Detroit bailout. It's bad enough when people can't borrow money, but how bad would it be if the Big Three file bankruptcy? This morning, I heard speculation that this would effect not just manufacturing jobs, but auto dealers throughout the nation.
Nov. 17th, 2008 08:59 pm (UTC)
It could be very bad indeed. The good thing is that the Dow waves seem to be stabilizing a bit. As much as I normally wouldn't, if I were in the automobile market right now, I might consider buying American just to do a little.
Nov. 17th, 2008 09:08 pm (UTC)
If the Big Three file for Bankruptcy, we'll see Detroit (and most of Michigan) drop off the map.
Nov. 17th, 2008 09:12 pm (UTC)
Hey, now. I refuse to concede there's anything wrong with community organizers.
Nov. 17th, 2008 10:08 pm (UTC)
I'm not saying there's anything wrong with what they stand for, but that I hope the terms themselves either go away for good or go into hiding for a few months while my brain recoups.

ETA: Same goes for me for the term elitist. No one's ever gonna be able to convince me that it's wrong to to be elite.

Edited at 2008-11-17 10:09 pm (UTC)
Nov. 18th, 2008 12:44 am (UTC)
There's a difference between being elite and being elitist (or practicing elitism), just like there's a difference between feminine and feminist.

To decry elitism is not to devalue the elite.
Nov. 18th, 2008 12:45 am (UTC)
^ Pretend I didn't forget to close a tag there. kthx.
Nov. 18th, 2008 01:40 am (UTC)
I just assumed the italics denoted a famous quotation lol
Nov. 18th, 2008 01:51 am (UTC)
I understand the distinction, but unlike something like the "feminine" attribute, being elite has many demonstrably positive characteristics. It's not like making a decision on a superficial or otherwise arbitrary attribute (gender).

Bearing that in mind, you could call me elitist, and I wouldn't be offended, as one might if you called them a racist. I believe in elitism as a viable philosophy. I think those with extraordinary talents should be the people we elect to represent us and serve our interests. Now, of course, there are connotations associated with it that I don't take into consideration, like wealthy, for example. That is completely immaterial to me, but according to Wikipedia, it's include in the package.

My only point, and I think we pretty much agree, is just that I don't think it's prudent to have Ignorant Joe the Redneck running my country. I want an elite, if not an elitist, because they are, by my definition, better fit to govern. Being elitist, in that respect, could be seen as a sign of humility, assuming one doesn't count themselves among its ranks.
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