- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 21, 2008

Paging PEBO

Journalists have already gotten weary of saying “President-elect Barack Obama,” and now have invented their own little lexicon of monickers for the nation’s 44th president.

Insiders have long used the term “POTUS” to designate that traditional mouthful, “President of the United States.”

Add to that PEOTUS (President-elect of the United States), PEBO (President-elect Barack Obama) and the oh-so-attractive term FLEOTUS (First lady-elect of the United States) - or the more succinct FLEMO (First lady-elect Michelle Obama).

The list is from the Chicago Tribune, which did not provide an explanation as to when the wife of the president became an elected office.

Hubba-hubba Bubba

“Republicans need to find their Clinton.” So says Donald Beachler, an associate professor of politics at Ithaca College.

“The question for a defeated party is, ‘What, if anything, should we change?’ Usually the first time a party loses, it often makes the wrong choice. The Democrats might say, ‘We weren’t liberal enough.’ And the conservatives say, ‘We were not conservative enough.’ So it often takes two or three elections for a party to figure out a new strategy,” he advises.

“Most elections are won in the middle. So the question for the Republican Party is, who will be their Clinton? Clinton made the Democratic Party more acceptable to middle America. He took such issues as crime and welfare off the Republican agenda. You will notice there was no talk of welfare or crime in this presidential campaign. None of the candidates that we saw in this primary - Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee or Sarah Palin - are center-right candidates. So who do the Republicans have that can make them sell in the middle?” Mr. Beachler demands.

By the numbers

Sixty-nine percent of Americans prefer to say “Merry Christmas.”

The number is 88 percent among Republicans and 57 percent among Democrats.

Nineteen percent overall say “Happy Holidays,” while 11 percent are “not sure” what to say.

Seventy-one percent overall are not offended by such greetings as “Happy Holidays” or “Season’s Greetings.”

Twenty-three percent take offense.

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