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Beltway to English Dictionary

Because sometimes words mean other words.

The Tichnor Brothers Collection / Boston Public Library

Ad hominem
Yell this repeatedly when anyone brings up your history of having advocated for the Iraq War/torture/trickle-down economics/US intervention as a means of dismissing your legitimacy as a political commentator.
Bernie Bro
Bernie Bros™ are white guys mad about Hillary Clinton getting her due (even if they’re people of color and/or women/queer, as they often are).
Evolved
Focus groups now tell me I should be for gay marriage.
Find savings
Cut vital social services. See “Necessary reforms.”
Firewall
Useful for now, soon to be ignored.
Globalization
A McDonald’s in every country!
Means-tested
Puts an end to the epidemic of poor people buying convertibles and caviar with welfare checks and food stamps.
No-fly zones
A defensive strategy that happens to mean shooting down another country’s planes.
Officer-involved shooting
It’s purely coincidence that the officer is always “involved” because they shot someone.
Pragmatism
I know you’re sick of wages that have stagnated for almost half a century and worsening inequality but if we roll up our sleeves, quit worrying about purity, and make the compromises necessary in politics, who knows, we might just achieve a twelve-dollar minimum wage.
Privileged
Not voting for Hillary Clinton.
Vital national interests
The class interests of a few thousand people.
Working class
White, undoubtedly lives in Appalachia, likely male, definitely straight, has racism built into their DNA.