Tactics and Substance in the 2004 Elections GoogleNews: Howard Dean

July 9, 2004

by V

Vocabulary Minute

Fun phrases that I picked up this week:
  • White Palace (Michael Froomkin) - the current White House and its insularity from reality

  • Think Spa (Barbara Ehrenreich) - Pampered policy-paper factory, presumably one that writes to promote an ideology rather than analyze reality.

  • Security Theater (Bruce Schneier, via Ed Felten via Michael Froomkin) - Measures designed to give the appearance of security instead of actual security. Felten's example: checking bags "randomly", but only after warning people in advance whose bags will be checked.
What are your favorite new phrases?
Posted by V at July 9, 2004 01:34 PM

"Think spa" is definitely my favorite. I'm going to use it all the time. To my friend at AEI: "Ahh... how's life at your think spa these days?" Teehee..

Posted by: J at July 9, 2004 01:42 PM

LOL those are all great. I'll ditto J on "think spa" being my fav too.

Posted by: Kevin at July 12, 2004 01:12 PM

Recommended Reading:

The Politics of Truth: Inside the Lies that Led to War and Betrayed My Wife's CIA Identity: A Diplomat's Memoir
The Politics of Truth... A Diplomat's Memoir

Worse Than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush
Worse Than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush

Against All Enemies by Richard Clarke
Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror

LIES by Al Franken
Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right

The Great Unraveling
The Great Unraveling

The Great Big Book of Tomorrow
The Great Big Book of Tomorrow

Clinton Wars
The Clinton Wars

Blinded by the Right
Blinded by the Right: The Conscience of an Ex-Conservative

Waging Modern War: Bosnia, Kosovo, and the Future of Combat

Subject to Debate: Sense and Dissents on Women, Politics, and Culture

Living History

The Hunting of the President: The Ten-Year Campaign to Destroy Bill and Hillary Clinton

John Adams

Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation

Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace

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