Here’s POLITICO’s list of some of the most overused expressions (or slight variations thereof) during the past three months.
1. “Circular Firing Squad” (RE: The GOP primary)
- “The Republican candidates’ circular firing squad now seems to be using machine guns”: Thomas Sowell in the National Review, January 27th.
- Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush said the Republican presidential candidates should avoid a “circular firing squad” in an interview on CNN January 26th.
- The co-chairman of Newt Gingrich’s campaign in Florida, January 23rd.
2. “Democrats fall in love, while Republicans fall in line”
- “The old cliché has it that when it comes to picking their candidates, Democrats fall in love while Republicans fall in line,” writes the Washington Post on February 12. “But this year it would seem that Republican voters are doing neither.”
- “The old saw is that Democrats fall in love with their candidates while Republicans fall in line behind theirs,” writes the Boston Globe on January 11.
- “There’s the old line that Democrats fall in love and Republicans fall in line. And to what intensity is what we’re still kind of debating on,” said talk radio host Dana Loesch on CNN, January 10.
- “Republicans fall in line, not in love. Democrats fall in love, as we know,” said Chris Matthews on MSNBC’s “Hardball,” January 10.
3. “Jobs, jobs, jobs”
- “The public cares about jobs, jobs, jobs — they may have sympathy for fixing the tax system to make more fair is one thing, but it might seem off-topic,” pollster Michael Dimock February 1.
- “Americans want to know that the President remains laser focused on Jobs. Jobs. Jobs,” Robert Borosage of the Campaign for America’s Future in a statement previewing the president’s State of the Union on January 23.
- “The top concern of Republicans here is jobs, jobs, jobs,” Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) told Human Events about Republican primary voters in South Carolina, published January 21.
4. “America is at a crossroads”
- “We are at a crossroads in our system of government and our personal lives,” Pieter Verboom in a letter to the editor, appearing in the Chico Enterprise-Record on January 23.
- “America is at a crossroads that will decide whether self-determination by a skeptical and informed electorate can still exist in the shadow of the billion dollar media blitz that defines modern politics,” wrote Stephen J. Stalcup in a letter to the editor in the Indianapolis Star, January 20.
- “America is at the crossroads. Do we choose the path of Obama which leads to a dark age of atheistic world communism, or the path of Christmas, the perpetual birth of God among us?” Peter Arnone in a letter to the editor in the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, December 12.
5. “It’s the economy, stupid”
- “In globalization, it’s the economy, stupid,” Ex-Sen. Fritz Hollings wrote in The Huffington Post on January 27.
- “‘It’s the economy, stupid’ was 1992’s winning campaign slogan, and the message will be just as effective 20 years later,” read a Washington Times editorial on January 23.
- “‘It’s the economy, stupid’ may not be either party’s official slogan in this year’s presidential campaign. But it might as well be,” wrote The New York Times on January 8.
6. “The only poll that matters is the one on Election Day”
- “Today, [Romney] is licking his wounds from a 12-point loss there in the only poll that matters, the one taken at the ballot box,” wrote the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on January 23
- “When it comes down to it, the only poll that matters is the election itself,” The American Spectator, before the South Carolina primary, on January 21.
- “The ONLY poll that matters is the one registered in voting booths,” writes a blogger at The Patriot Post on January 21.
7. “It all comes down to turnout”
- “The rest comes down to turnout: If enough conservative voters show up at the polls to unseat Obama, chances are they will have the same advantage in doing damage to Democrats in Congress,” January’s Washington Monthly.
- “It all comes down to turnout so going door to door calling people, trying to get them out — that’s the crucial focus,” a Romney campaign staffer on January 20.
- “It’s going to come down to turnout,” Iowa Governor Terry Branstad on January 3.