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whack job

noun
(context, colloquial, pejorative) A crazy, possibly dangerous, person.

  1. Elmore Leonard, Rum Punch

:"He called the guy who owns the gun shop a [whackjob] and said he's going to take him down if it's the last thing he does."..

  1. Mark. St. Amant, Committed: Confessions of a Fantasy Football Junkie

:Ronald Reagan took his oath as the fortieth president in American history and, three months later, took a bullet from some wackjob trying to impress the future star of The Silence of the Lambs.

Etymology:
whacky, whack(y) + jobbie, job(bie)

Ah, I love the smell of implosion in the morning...

Politico brings word that McCain advisors (Romney associates perhaps?) are upping the verbal leak campaign against Sarah Palin, who must long for the days when members of her campaign were calling her a hockey mom and Josephine Six-Pack (Actually I made that one up.)

***In convo with Playbook, a top McCain adviser one-ups the priceless “diva” description, calling her “a whack job.”

Whack job. It's a good charge, cause it's true! This is one of my favorite leaks from the anti-Palin forces working for McCain, right up with the claim that she's "going rogue." Like Iran?

I've never seen a breakdown in discipline like this on a presidential campaign. It testifies to McCain's lack of leadership and to the state of his campaign. Knowing they're going to lose, Mittens' kittens are angling for advantage against Palin going into the 2012 primary.

Ah, yes, the coming GOP primary. Fantasize, my friends, with me. It's 2011, Obama and the Democrats in Congress have passed good progressive legislation to help bring us out of recession, institute universal health care, and end our dependence on foreign oil. Our troops are home from Iraq. Then we will all get to sit back and watch Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney, and whoever else fight for the right to lose to Obama.

UPDATE:
[Self-promotion alert]
I rarely do this, but it's vaguely justified in this case because my last novel, Hartsburg USA, features a character not unlike Sarah Palin, Sarah Palin but sort of likable, if you can imagine.

Originally posted to david mizner on Tue Oct 28, 2008 at 08:38 AM PDT.

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