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Etymology of Political “Vetting”

We hear a lot about vetting candidates for political office, but where’d we get the verb to vet? Does vetting have to do with “veterans,” “veterinarians,” or something else entirely? This is part of a complete episode.

street money

street money  n.— «Street money is the name for cash given to party committeemen and women who hand out literature and drum up the vote on primary and election days. It comes from the candidates and is dispensed to the party’s 69 ward...

Redmonton

Redmonton  n.— «Because if the election is going to be decided in Battleground Calgary, why the heck did the Liberal leader spend three days door-knocking with candidates in and around Edmonton (better known as Redmonton)?» —“Taft...

off-air reporter

off-air reporter  n.— «Mr. Conroy, whose job title is “off-air reporter,” (because he does not normally appear on television) is one of many young journalists hired by the networks to follow the candidates across the country, filing video...

walking subcaucus

walking subcaucus  n.— «But the most serious business of the night for the political parties was just coming—selecting the delegates. This is where issues and senate preference come into play. During the past weeks, each of the major...

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