We haven’t done this in while, so I thought it was time to bring back the ‘terms to know’ posts a few more times!
Big Government: A negative term, used mainly by conservatives to describe government programs in areas where they believe government shouldn’t be involved, especially those that spend money on social problems.
Dark Horse: a long shot candidate
Pundit: A political analyst, commentator, or columnist who usually works for a newspaper or magazine, or in broadcasting. Derived from a Hindi phrase meaning “learned one.”
Reactionary: A militant conservative; opposite of “radical,” which means ultraliberal.
*Definitions from http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/article/vocabulary-political-words