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a political speech heavy on platitudinous political piety and short on sincere substance

BOMFOG is an acronym for “Brotherhood Of Man, under the Fatherhood Of God”, a quote from a 1941 radio broadcast by John D. Rockefeller. Rockefeller used this phrase so frequently in his campaign speeches, that reporters began referring to his ‘BOMFOG speech’.

From The Rockefellers, in their own words… I Believe

In the news… Romney offers little beyond the same old platitudes


an action taken by a member of Congress (such as a prolonged, often irrelevant speech) that obstructs the progress of a bill without technically contravening the required procedures. Most filibusters occur in the US Senate.

In the news…
GOP uses filibusters to obstruct Obama, Democrats


a campaign in which a politician makes short stops at many different towns. The expression was first used in the US, where small American towns were called ‘whistle-stops’ because trains only stopped at them if a whistle signal was given. President Truman was well known for his whistle-stop campaigns, during which he made speeches in many small towns from the platform on the end of a train.

In the news… Narvaiz plans whistle-stop tour in congressional bid (8/31/12)


a pejorative term referring to a type of political rhetoric that employs coded language- with an explicit meaning for the general population, and an additional implicit one for a targeted subgroup of the speaker’s audience.

(The term is analogous to dog whistles, which produce high-frequencies inaudible to the human ear.)

IN THE NEWS: Romney Dog Whistle: Obama’s Philosophy Is ‘Foreign To The American Experience’


race-baiting : manipulating the racial beliefs of an audience to obtain a certain political objective

from New York Daily Times:
…race-baiting is still alive and well in its place of birth, the Democrat Party.

Case in point: Yesterday, Vice President Joe Biden told a Virginia audience that included hundreds of black voters that Republicans and those who want to repeal new regulations on big banks, “They’re going to put y’all back in chains.”