A modest terminological proposal that will enhance civility on the candidate threads
Since "fanatic" and "cultist" are words that are profoundly offensive to some, I've been struggling to come up with a new term for the sort of indvidual who views Obama as a bodhisattva [Link now here, 2012-05-05], or who faints or bursts into tears when Obama is in the same arena with them, who applauds when he sneezes, or who reacts to criticism of Obama as if their lover was insulted, and who in general, exhibits the sort of behavior that Freud would call over-valuation of the object, especially when expressed through personal conversion narratives. [Caveat: This term would not cover Obama supporters like Leah, or Big Tent Democrat, or many others. However, many can attest that the phenomenon I seek a name for is real.]
But I have not met with success. And since one mission that we have here at The Mighty Corrente Building is to change the tone of American political discourse, this failure wounds me deeply.
Since I have no wish to give unintended offense, I have a proposal:
Instead of saying "Obama fanatic," or "Obama cultist", why don't we say "Obama _________ er"? Surely, such a meta-term has the great merit of being extremely neutral; indeed, almost anti-septic. We could then say, "Obama _____ers applauded when Obama sneezed"; "Obama _____ers genuflected when He cured a ham"; and so forth.
Of course, this modest proposal does have the demerit that people could fill in the blank as they like, and project whatever they want into the empty space.
But then that's always been the problem with Obama's candidacy anyhow, hasn't it?