Language is power and when someone invents or uses a new word gaining power, we recognize it.
In today’s column about the shutdown showdown, The New York Times’ Thomas L. Friedman wrote this:
“Cruz and his Tea Party allies would be calling the shots, and Boehner would become that very rare bird — a SPINO (a Speaker in Name Only).”
The term has been used a few times before and it will be interesting to see if it catches on because another short-hand for the phrase has been tried.
Previously columnists and broadcasters have tried to introduce SINO (with no p) as an acronym to describe John Boehner and a handful of ineffective state speakers, however, it has never become part of the popular lexicon the way that, say, RINO has.
RINO (Republican In Name Only) has, in the past couple decades, become increasingly prevalent in Washington, leveled against a number of people, including Mitch McConnell, John McCain and, yes, even John Boehner.
The U.S. government has hundreds of acronyms they like to use, some popular (POTUS, SCOTUS) and some less-known ones (CODELS, GOCO).
What’s your favorite government acronym? Can you think of a new shorthand or phrase that perfectly defines our times? Is John Boehner a SPINO?
Who do you consider a RINO, a DINO or a WINO? Let us know in the comment space below.