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October 18th, 2013
12:53 PM ET

NEW WORD ORDER: Are you a Ted “Cruzette”?

Language is power and when someone invents or uses a new word or term gaining power, we recognize it.

Maureen Dowd began her recent column, "Mad Tea Party," with the words:
"How awful are Ted Cruz and his Cruzettes?"

They have done the impossible. They have made Americans look back at the Bush II era, the most reckless wrecking ball in American history, with relative nostalgia.”

The term “Cruzette," has become an increasingly popular, mostly derogatory, way to describe followers of Ted Cruz in recent days. It has been used as shorthand by bloggers, broadcasters and casual observers on social media.

What do you think of the term? Are you a "Cruzette"? Is he a hero or a villain How much power do you think Ted Cruz has in the GOP? Too much? Too little? Exactly the right amount.

Let us know in the comment section below.

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October 11th, 2013
01:24 PM ET

NEW WORD ORDER: Are "Teapublicans" running the GOP?

Language is power and when someone invents or uses a new word or term gaining power, we recognize it.

Bloggers (mostly left leaning) began using the term “Teapublican” (or TEApublican or Tea-publican) a year ago as a derogatory term to describe the Tea Party faction of the GOP.

And while it is not yet as popular as “tea partier,” as the Tea Party’s influence over the Republicans has increased, so has the use of the word.

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In recent weeks, a number of new Facebook pages and blogs have popped up, specifically for users to discuss the "Teapublican's" impact on American politics.

Are you a “Teapublican”? Do “Teapublicans” run the GOP? Is the Tea Party a good or bad thing? What is the left-wing version of the Tea Party? Do the extreme wings of the two parties, or the moderates, get more done?

Let us know in the comment section below.
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October 10th, 2013
01:20 PM ET

NEW WORD ORDER: Are "debt limit deniers" dangerous?

Language is power and when someone invents or uses a new word or term gaining power, we recognize it.

In his column about the debt ceiling, U.S. News & World Report’s Robert Schlesinger wrote:

"Perhaps not so much according to an article appearing in Politico this morning which details the ’debt limit deniers’ caucus, or what might fairly be called the most dangerous people in Washington."

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The term "debt limit denier" (or "default denier" or "debt ceiling denier") has frequently popped up in editorials and broadcasts this week, almost always directed at Republicans.

It is reminiscent of previous "denier" labels attached to people who doubted the validity of climate change and evolution.

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Do you believe, if the debt limit is not raised, we’re headed for economic catastrophe? Who do you consider the "debt limit deniers"? Do you think "default deniers" are dangerous? Should you be allowed to doubt the validity of things like climate change and evolution? What other "denier" labels would you like to see introduced?

Let us know in the comment space below.

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NEW WORD ORDER: Is John Boehner a SPINO?
October 9th, 2013
03:46 PM ET

NEW WORD ORDER: Is John Boehner a SPINO?

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.

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October 2nd, 2013
05:24 PM ET

I sent my first ever email to Tom Clancy

By the time I hit college, I had been on the World Wide Web a grand total of two times. I was a fan of traditional books and magazines (I still am) and figured the Internet was some kind of fad (I still kinda do) and couldn't think of a single reason to "log on."

That changed in my second year.

While I was at a used bookstore, I happened upon Seth Godin's book "Email Addresses of the Rich & Famous." According to the author the slim volume contained contacts for hundreds of reporters, editors, programmers, actors, producers, directors, CIA ex-spies, millionaires and entrepreneurs.”
And, it turned out, Tom Clancy.
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