December 5, 2003

Burning Down the House


adj. Relating to the intense anger felt by activists within the U.S. Democratic party, particularly regarding the results of the 2000 presidential election and the Florida recount (cf. "white-hot").blue hot n. Such a Democratic party activist.

Example Citation: "Among the general electorate, ordinary people who don't follow politics too much, Florida 2000 is already part of history. You may as well be talking about the Punic Wars," says Jack Pitney, a political scientist at Claremont McKenna College. "But for Democratic activists, it's very much alive."

Indeed, Professor Pitney sees the recount as sparking a "blue-hot" sentiment among the Democratic base -- a reference to the intensity of the "fire" burning on the left, and the fact that these voters hail from "blue" states -- that has dominated the primary battle so far.

"The Democrats are angry," he says. "The recall is a blue-hot issue; the Texas redistricting is a blue-hot issue. And of course, Dean is the blue-hot candidate." -- Liz Marlantes, "How anger over Florida recount still roils politics," The Christian Science Monitor, September 18, 2003

Via The Word Spy

Hold tight wait till the party's over
Hold tight We're in for nasty weather
There has got to be a way
Burning down the house

-- Talking Heads Burning Down The House

Posted by Vanderleun at December 5, 2003 1:06 PM
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