Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Get to know Robin Vos, Wisconsin's smashmouth politics maestro

Headline:  The Bulwark, 9/26/2023
The prickly Republican who represents a safely red district in Racine County was elected in 2004 and became speaker of the Assembly in 2013. A decade later, he’s still there—the most prominent Republican in state government and, as countless episodes attest, kind of a jerk. Robin Vos engages in smashmouth politics because he enjoys smashing mouths.

Reporter Bill Lueders opens the article by sharing an instructive experience as a member of a Wisconsin Study Council special committee chaired by Vos.  The topic:  expungement of criminal convictions.

According to Merriam-Webster, the first known use of 'smashmouth', as in characterized by brute force without finesse, occurred in 1975.

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  2. misery index
  3. phallocratic
  4. psychobabble
  5. unsellable

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