Origin of "flamer"?

Jim Parish jparish at SIUE.EDU
Thu Dec 14 16:55:22 UTC 2006

Just a side note, but some years back I read a book recounting a month
or so in the life of Ed Muskie; the word "flamer" came up as describing
the sort of senator who will not compromise an inch, preferring to "go
down in flames". (I don't recall which senators were identified as such,
but George McGovern may have been one of them.)

Jim Parish

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