an anatomy of key memes, phrases and obsessions in Wall Street Journal editorials and other precincts of the GOP blogosphere, May 17-27, 2013
accountable: what Obama’s “imperial”and “detached” Presidency isn’t, even though he’s been elected twice and has high favorability ratings.
Cold War II: the GOP’s determination to fight an unending “war against terrorism”. See also: “whatever it takes”, “quitting” and “squandering”. Estimated exit date: 2043.
mindset: shorthand for Obama’s new pacificist Pax Obama.
the poodle press: any media organization that doesn’t characterize Obama as a law-breaking tyrant.
regular Americans: shorthand for Flyover America, the supposed vast majority of Americans opposed to anything Obama.
runaway administration: the triple-scandal trifecta
squandering: what Obama has done to the anti-terror “Bush legacy”. Anything he does to mitigate war and conflict is now considered a shameful waste.