In ordinary usage:
- Refers to the tendency of politician to interpret election results in an overly optimistic way;
- Any specific comment of a politician following an election that is emblematic of a failure to accurately interpret election results;
- 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.