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November 19, 2014

Skelosism (SKEL-oh-cis-m)


In ordinary usage:

  1. Refers to the tendency of politician to interpret election results in an overly optimistic way;
  2. Any specific comment of a politician following an election that is emblematic of a failure to accurately interpret election results;
  3. A general failure to learn from mistakes of the past.

Synonyms: stubbornness, short-sightedness, delusion.

Ex: “In his speech, the party leader warned that skelosism could result in a loss of the majority and permanent minority status.”

Derivation: Named for a minor Greek-American politician in the late 20th century and early 21st century who repeatedly won a political majority due to ineptitude of his opponents but then lost the majority due to his tendency to see the election as validation of personal political views not held by the majority of voters.

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  1. permalink
    November 19, 2014 7:42 AM


    Sent from my iPad


  2. Cathexis permalink
    November 22, 2014 8:08 PM

    So now the psuedo political pundits are trying to down play the Republicans victory. The Democrats have been inept for decades, so don’t ask Dino to be humble when he picks up three seats that the Democrats had because of their gross imcompetence (Mike Gianaris).. The voters have spoken,they don’t want Democrats controlling the Senate. They will ruin what’s left of a once great State called New York. The Assembly is a disgrace and they don’t care that they are; the Senate is the only place left in New York State government that has a semblance of a moral compass, tradition values, law and order and family values. I am no huge fan of Dean Skelos, but I say keep doing what you are doing Dean to protect New Yorkers outside the 5 boroughs,because the NYS Senate is upstate and Long Islansd’s last defense line.

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