From the Calling a Spade a Spade Department, in alliance with the Day Late Dollar Short Division of our UpToTheMinuteNews™ Service, for his hilarious report of a couple weeks ago on the Iowa caucus results:
One by one, all the other claimants to the title of No. 1 “movement” and/or Christianist conservative had peaked and plummeted …
It's useful to distinguish them from the millions of regular Christians, is the point.
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I first encountered the term on The Daily Dish, and Wikipedia says … oh, hey, look!
Not to be confused, indeed.
Anyway, Wikipedia says that Safire gave credit to Sully for the coinage. Or at least the reissue. Reading that piece, though, I see that I am also only about seven years behind in congratulating Mr. Hertzberg. Sorry, Rick.
And see Urban Dictionary. Guess the term has become more mainstream than I had thought. God bless us everyone.