retail politician

Victor Steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Tue Nov 8 03:10:10 UTC 2011

I think, George wins the prize.


On 11/7/2011 12:40 PM, George Thompson wrote:
> I had not encountered these terms applied to politicians before.  My
> immediate reaction was "available for purchase" but at different levels of
> cost -- evidently not what the coiner intended.  A wholsesale politician
> would cost more, because he is bought in bulk, just as buying 1000 gallons
> of milk costs more than buying a quart at the grocery, though the bulk
> purchase is cheaper by a notional unit price.
> As for Perry, I don't know about retail or wholesale, but he does seem to
> be a wholly-owned subsidiary of the gas and oil industry.
> On Mon, Nov 7, 2011 at 9:31 AM, Jonathan Lighter<wuxxmupp2000 at>wrote:
>> Google hits 27,000 sites.
>> Twice in the last few weeks, talking heads have described Gov. Perry
>> as a "great retail politician."  At least he was before his unusual
>> New Hampshire speech, at least one-third of which is well worth
>> watching:
>> Is he still a great retail politician? How do we know? Am I the only
>> one who can construct a plausible meaning for the phrase "retail
>> politician"? ("A politician who can successfully appeal to voters" ?)
>> JL

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