Glossary, May 7-16, 2013

an anatomy of key memes, phrases and obsessions in Wall Street Journal editorials and other precincts of the GOP blogosphere, May 7-16, 2013

and don’t forget the four people who died in Benghazi: insert in almost any story about the IRS, the AP, Obamacare, Iran, Syria, etc.  Now the rhetorical equivalent of adding “in bed” to the end of a fortune cookie message.

concerns are rising: passive voice and passive-aggressiveness combined in one opening rhetorical gambit.

Hamlet: Obama’s Syria dithering.

I don’t mean to be negative, but….: a typical Fox News correspondent’s rhetorical move after savaging Obama for a minute or so. This is usually a transition to even more savaging. Beyond passive aggressiveness. See also “concern is growing”.

overreach: any Obama administration initiative. Anything beyond a libertarian view of extremely limited government.

real facts: whatever the prevailing GOP meta-narrative is about any given issue of the day. These are always concealed by Obama, and whatever he says he can never “come clean,” both literally and symbolically.

scandal: anything the GOP finds questionable about the Obama administration. Benghazi, for example, is now always called a “scandal”, even though—like Whitewater—there is no apparent crime.

skills-based immigration:  state of the artHeritage Foundation dog-whistle term for screening immigrants by projected productivity & IQ. For a devastating chronology of how this term -basically a eugenics-based argument-has evolved, see Charles Blow’s 5/9/13 NY Times column, “Terms of Art.”

Glossary, March 4-15, 2013

an anatomy of key memes, phrases and obsessions in Wall Street Journal editorials and other precincts of the GOP blogosphere, March 4-15, 2013

anti-carbon agenda Obama administration’s energy policy. aka, “Walden Pond”. See also: “manufactured hysteria”
balanced budget, budget gimmicks “balanced budget” is what the GOP uses as a smokescreen to avoid talking about the details of the latest Ryan budget; every Dem budget proposal is a “gimmick”.
campaign mode Whenever the administration asserts itself. Always contrasted to “governing,” which is what the GOP House does when it asserts itself
comprehensive cost-sharing in Medicare Means-testing
confidence What the business sector lacks; can only be supplied by trickle-down economics and tax cuts
crony government Dems’ web of Wall Street/Green Sector/Hollywood connections
faith in the people The heart of the new GOP with a human face; always contrasted to the Dems’ “faith in government”
inflexible Obama on the budget: no matter what spending cuts he proposes, GOP claims he is “inflexible” and offers no cuts
manufactured hysteria Climate change; The Church of Global Warming
overreach All-purpose word for gun control, carbon tax, affirmative action, Obamacare
risk premium Cart blanche for insurers to charge whatever they want due to Obamacare’s mandate of universal coverage
The One Continuing meme of Obama The Supreme; aka, the Obamaborg, Caesaropapism; The Prince of Pennsylvania Avenue, a “distilled Alynskyite”, a “utilitarianism that would make Machiavelli shudder”