It is a new day in Oklahoma politics, especially at our state capitol where the Republicans have taken control of the state senate for the first time in our 101 year history. Recently, my senator returned from a caucus meeting at the capitol where they discussed ‘caucus stuff’. Please note that a security clearance must be required to learn what they talked about because they certainly won’t tell you the details of what went on in that room. I have this image of a bunch of men with their sleeves rolled up, sitting around smoking cigars. Kind of like the t.v. series Madmen, except they are not drinking whiskey at 10:00 a.m. down at the capitol – at least not yet.
The political terminology used down at the capitol can be rather amusing – especially if you have absolutely no idea what the words mean. Here are a few of my favorites:
Sine Die – Indefinitely ( They use this word signifying the last day of the legislative session. So, I assume that means they plan to adjourn indefinitely.)
President Pro Tempore – The Senator who presides over the Senate in the absence of the Vice President. One can safely assume that the ‘Pro Tem’ is always presiding because the Vice President rarely makes it to Oklahoma.
Whip – A member of the legislative body, charged by his party with enforcing discipline and insuring attendance. As in Whip in, or to keep together, as members of a political party. (How about whipping it up a little bit Senators!)
And, then my favorite: PEW, Post Election Withdrawl Syndrome- an ailment from which I am currently suffering.