"The Red Army" -- Republican Party

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu Oct 23 17:07:07 UTC 2008

At 12:20 PM -0400 10/23/08, Joel S. Berson wrote:
>At 10/22/2008 11:24 PM, Dan Goodman wrote:
>>>From Daily Kos:
>>"CO-04: And the hits just keep coming...this one happens to be
>>especially sweet.
>>"The Red Army is pulling out of Colorado's Fourth District,
>>too...essentially leaving for dead one of their own, and a longtime
>>Democratic target (and netroots target), the one and only Rep. Marilyn
>It also seems to have pulled out of Minnesota's Sixth District,
>abandoning Michele Bachmann.  And she has become the eponym for a new
>aerobatic (or perhaps gymnastic?) maneuver, according to the Star
>Tribute:  "An Immelmann is a precise aerobatic maneuver in which an
>airplane performs a half-roll to reverse its direction. A Bachmann is
>sloppier but more spectacular: To perform a Bachmann, a candidate for
>Congress puts her foot in her mouth, talks stupidly for seven minutes
>and watches her reelection campaign burst into
>flames."  http://tinyurl.com/5c9937  (Their article also notes
>"Michele Bachmann, Minnesota's Sixth District member of Congress and
>former bush-hiding peeker on gay rights rallies, ...")

I'm surprised no one has come up with a riff on BTO (Bachman Turner
Overdrive), e.g. "Bachmann Overreach".  Maybe "Turner" was too hard
to work in, unless there's another Republican with that name bursting
into sympathetic flames somewhere else.  Somehow "Bachmann Musgrave
Overreach" doesn't quite make it, although if I'm wrong, you heard it
here (maybe) first.


>And "Immelman" was not hard to come upon:  "She put herself in the
>sights of an Immelman again.  Aubrey Immelman, 52, is a psychology
>professor at St. John's University in Collegeville, Minn., who ran
>against Bachmann in the Republican primary. He finished second, with
>just 14 percent of the vote, but he got his campaign off the ground
>again Saturday by announcing he will run as a write-in candidate on
>Nov. 4 in the hope of knocking Bachmann out."
>Perhaps the Red Army is pulling out of contested areas after its
>countrywide victory of introducing Socialism into the United States,
>via the nationalization of banks.
>The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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