the American political landscape: words, phrases, definitions

  • “daddy issues”: e.g. national security, the war on terror, Iraq
  • “mommy issues”: e.g. education, health
  • “Ketchup philanthropist”: the Economist’s description of Theresa Heinz Kerry’s [wife of Democratic candidate John Kerry] previous job [seen in: The Economist, Jan. 31, 2004, p. 27]
  • “super-educated women”: women with a college degree
  • “Reagan democrats”: mostly white southerners, many of them unions, who just couldn’t handle the putrid culture and social agenda of liberal Democrats; so they gravitated to Reagan and – allegedly – helped him win his election
  • “Little Dixie”: the distinctively southern part of Oklahoma with hamlets settled by southern coal-miners and outlaws in the 19th century, where politics is as popular a pastime as hunting and fishing
  • “yellow-dog democrats”: people who would rather vote for an old yellow dog than vote Republican
  • “the beer vote”: the moderate, blue-collar areas of New Hampshire’s largest city, Manchester
  • “the wine vote”: the more educated, liberal voters in New Hampshire’s state capital, Concord

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2 responses to “the American political landscape: words, phrases, definitions

  1. Pit

    see also my post on “latte liberals”, Feb. 14, 2008

  2. Pit

    see also my post on “Obamacans”, Feb. 25, 2008

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