A. Licking one’s palm before shaking hands in order to gross out an opponent before a debate.
B. Greeting someone while looking over his or her shoulder to see if there’s anyone more important nearby.
C. A handshake where both parties increasingly tighten their grip in order to assert dominance.
A. Taking extra time to get somewhere in order to discuss a sensitive topic en route; the opposite of what people did on “The West Wing.”
B. Ensuring consensus by moving legislation methodically through a committee.
C. To delay a piece of legislation on purpose.
A. A folksy saying made up on the spot, a rhetorical tic of former Kansas Congressman Hal Broder.
B. Giving equal weight to both sides of an argument, even if one side is clearly insane, a la the late Washington Post columnist David Broder.
C. To quote your opponents at length only to criticize them, as does German journalist Henryk Broder.
A. A politician who wants to send America to war, but never served in the armed forces.
B. A politician who wants to
send America to war, but is afraid to say so.
C. A popular lunch special in the House cafeteria.
Answers: 1. B, 2. C, 3. B, 4. A