Tuesday, January 09, 2007


As readership for the Cooler continues to dramatically increase, we are aware that many readers aren't familiar with some of the Cooler's vernacular. So we decided to begin collecting these terms in one place for newbie Coolerites.


Big 3-
The three candidates widely considered to be the favorites to win the Republican nomination for President: Rudy Giuliani, Mitt Romney, and John McCain.

Cooler acronym for "credible conservative alternative." With the 3 leading candidates in the race having moderate backgrounds on certain social issues, many Republicans are searching for the "credible conservative alternative." Sam Brownback, Tommy Thompson, and Jim Gilmore have all made claims to that mantle.

The Cooler Line-
an exclusive creation of Caucus Cooler, the Cooler line is an oddsmaking tool that assesses which candidates have the best chance to win the Iowa Caucus (not the Presidential race as a whole) at any given time.

Gang of 50-
The Gang of 50 refers to political insiders and journalists who influence the daily media narrative in Iowa Politics. The term "Gang of 500" was coined by Mark Halperin of ABC News' The Note, as "campaign consultants, strategists, pollsters, pundits, and journalists who make up the modern-day political establishment" He said they are "the 500 people whose decisions matter to the political news and campaign narrative we get from the major media." The Cooler completely ripped our version off from Mr. Halperin.

A reference to Gov. Romney's evolving stance on issues such as abortion, homosexual rights, and stem cell research.

Commonly used by Cooler commenters. WAR is the acknowledgement that the author is a fan of a given subject. I.E. WAR Hawkeye Football could be used by a University of Iowa grad on a Saturday in the Fall. The term was created on the Jim Rome sports radio show and popularized in Iowa Blogging circles by commenters at Iowa's signature GOP blog, Krusty Konservative.

A link to the Coolerisms can now be found on the right side of this page. Back with more on Mitt's Big Day later on...


Blogger Burton Rider said...

Nice that you could come up with your own term for Mitt, Team McCain.

I wonder if we can coin one for you McCainiacs?

McFlips... Deliberate and repeated reversals of past stances designed to make Sen. McCain appear to be an acceptable Republican nominee.

What McFlips, you ask? Ethanol, gay marriage (he flip-flopped on that in a single 60 minute interview), abortion, Bush, being a Republican, Falwell, Wyly Coyotes (see this month's Vanity Fair article for that reference) and the list goes on across a span of issues too large to mention.

I think you need to add it to your lexicon... After all, you guys are unbiased analyzers, not McCain fluffers!

10:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Check out this Boston Globe article!

Weld backs Romney for Oval Office
He bypasses friend and potential candidate Giuliani
By Brian C. Mooney, Globe Staff | January 9, 2007

Former Massachusetts governor William F. Weld has emerged as a major backer of Mitt Romney, despite a long friendship with Rudolph W. Giuliani, the former New York City mayor who is a potential Romney rival in the race for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination.

You gotta love Mitt. Weld probably still thinks Mitt supports gay rights and won't do anything to disturb pro-abortion laws (like he said to Mass. voters when he wanted to be Governor).

This man stands for nothing and will say or do whatever it takes to get elected.

10:44 AM  
Blogger Caucus Cooler said...

Adam Nagourney's nut graph:

"Politically, the display of fund-raising and organizational prowess was intended to put Mr. Romney back on the map after a tough month in which his conservative credentials have come under attack because of questions about his evolving positions on abortion and gay rights. "

Where's your indignation about Adam Nagourney's bias Burton. He said the EXACT SAME THING we just did this morning...

And you had to ruin all the fun, while we are in the middle of writing a nice post about your boy...

10:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is my idea I'd like to offer to John McCain. I call it the:

"Coyote Plan"

100 pesos for each of the 12 million illegals, at .09 per peso = $108,000,000

He could set up a toll booth in Nogales, AZ and just have them drop their 100 pesos in a collection box.

BOOM, there is $100 Million while barely getting your feet wet... so to speak.

11:05 AM  
Blogger Caucus Cooler said...

We also forgot to include the New Moscow Times and Boston Globe-Worker in our definitions so check those entries out in the new side-bar link.

11:06 AM  
Blogger Burton Rider said...

Sorry, Cooler,

Adam Nagourney occasionally writes about McCain's ever-wandering search for a position the party is comfortable with, too. Otherwise I would be indignant.

What he doesn't do is make up a clever name for us while giving McCain a pass.

Sorry to ruin your fun. Yesterday was a huge day for Romney for President. Appreciate you posting about it. It really does tend to set the field. The bar is being raised...

11:08 AM  
Blogger Caucus Cooler said...

Hey Burton. Check out what we wrote at the bottom of the post you are bitching about.

"Back with more on Mitt's Big Day later on..."

And then take a look at what we posted an hour later...

And then just for fun look at what we posted last night.

"Romney on the otherhand picked-up a HUGE endorsement from Sen. Jim Demint in South Carolina. In a place where McCain is picking up all of the key players this is a big boost for Romney. Oh yeah he raised 6.5 million during his phone-a-thon as well. Not a bad day at all for the Mittster..."

You are right we really ignored Romneys huge day yesterday.

And to your other point... you know has well as we do that Mitts flip-flops are in the lede or the nut graf of every major newspaper article written about him in the last month, so maybe you should be upset at the reporters, not the ones that are responding to the news...

11:13 AM  
Blogger Burton Rider said...

Oh, I know what the newspapers are saying. And McCain's twists and turns are unknown and unreported?

I'm not upset at anyone. Please forgive me, I'm embarrassed to say that I thought blogs were about a free exchange of information and ideas. If you want me to stay quiet, just email me and let me know...

11:37 AM  
Blogger Caucus Cooler said...

Who said stay quiet. You're our favorite Mittblogger.

But if you aren't upset that first post was a weird way of showing it :)!!!

11:43 AM  
Blogger Burton Rider said...

I thought you guys knew me.

I don't get upset. I had a ball writing that comment. Don't you guys know what I do for a living? You think it isn't fun for me to write towel-snaps like that? If I were upset, I would have emailed...

OK, back to my real job.

11:52 AM  
Blogger Caucus Cooler said...

You mean this isn't your real job?

12:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Burton, you sure were quiet in that Iraq post.

Kind of like your candidate...

12:24 PM  
Blogger Burton Rider said...

Well, like my candidate, I think we need to see the President's plan. He commented on the Iraq Study Group, and I would expect that he will comment on the President's plan. But this is important, and not to be taken lightly.

I think it only makes sense for him to understand what the plan is before he wades into the debate. I'm sure he'll have more to say on it after the President's speech. I don't think you can run for President without addressing this issue. I'm pretty sure Mitt Romney knows that too.

1:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jeez Burton Rider... a little on the defense, aye?

2:47 PM  

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