Victor Steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Thu Apr 1 17:47:47 UTC 2010

There appears to be an increasing use of "tripartisan" (with and without
a hyphen). Much of it is a mocking reference to the involvement of Joe
Lieberman who is nominally "independent", but not all.
> Nearly four months ago, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), who's helping
> lead a tri-partisan group on finding a compromise energy/climate
> package, told reporters, "You remember the artist formerly known as
> Prince? This is the market-based system for punishing polluters
> previously known as 'cap and trade.'"
> My purpose for joining Secretary Duncan and Rev. Al Sharpton is to
> bring all of our efforts together to formulate a “tripartisan” plan
> for arriving at a breakthrough in education.

I am not even sure Newt Gingrich's usage makes any sense. Did he mean


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