New Slang

No RNC Chairman race for Newt Gingrich, but he is working on some new jargon:

However, my job as an American first is to develop a tri-partisan approach to developing solutions for the challenges we face. I use the word tri-partisan to designate the concept of attracting Democrats, Republicans, and independents to solutions that unify most Americans.

Through an unfortunate confluence of events, Gingrich has a passion for playing inane linguistic games and also scored a big win for the GOP in 1994. That, in turn, set into motion a deplorable trend in which many people seem to have decided, largely without evidence, that this sort of thing is integral to political success.