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Monday, July 03, 2017

The construction of rhetoric

In last night's Darkstream, I noted that the most effective rhetoric tends to have something in common: it is based on mocking an aspect of the target's self-identification.

For example, the reason Social Justice Warrior is effective rhetoric that triggers the emotions of SJWs while derogatory terms like Social Justice Bully and Social Justice Crybaby do not is because "warrior" is a term that the SJWs gave themselves, and more importantly, it is how they see themselves. To hear the term used contemptuously, as an open form of mockery, is what causes the emotional pain that triggers them.

Fake News, which is arguably the most effective rhetorical term ever deployed against the media, is almost exactly the same. It is a term originally coined by the media, but stolen and deployed against them, and one that strikes at the very heart of their self-value and self-identification as devotees of truth and accuracy.

So, as an exercise, let's see if anyone can utilize this principle to come up with a rhetorical term for moderates that would serve as an alternative to Cuckservative, which is itself already an effective tag that is a play on a self-title rather than an actual one, but nevertheless strikes powerfully at the conservative's self-image as loyal and moral.

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Blogger horsewithnonick July 03, 2017 6:36 PM  

Proposition conservatives.

Blogger Koanic July 03, 2017 6:40 PM  

Telemoderates - because they derive their centrist opinions from broadcast television "news" owned by the 6 media corporations, which "moderate" the public debate to advertiser-acceptable norms, as dictated by the SJW-regulatory axis.

Essentially, they are mental TV dinners, lightly nuked to lukewarm.

Anonymous CoolHand July 03, 2017 6:41 PM  

Nutless Wonders

Ok, I'm really done now...

Anonymous Clouseau July 03, 2017 6:46 PM  

Moderrhoids

Principled Moderate Sensibles (PMSers)

Another term I like for multiculturalists is Molochulturalist.

Ones I like from above:

LBJ Republicans

Coexisterates

Obama Conservatives

CNNservatives

Blogger dtungsten July 03, 2017 6:54 PM  

I like:
Fair Weather Cocks
-Because cock!

Loyal Moderates
-Because moderates think they're loyal, makes one wonder what moderates are loyal to.

Swingers
-Not sure if this is close enough to something moderates consider themselves (swing States?), but the connotations and the visual are really good.

Anonymous Deplorable Winning July 03, 2017 6:56 PM  

Ominous Cowherd wrote:We need to find things they are proud of and mock them mercilessly.

An awful lot of flailing around in this thread. Some pretty good zingers but nothing like Cuckservative.

Ominous may have brushed up against the problem: deep down, moderates have no pride.

Blogger weka July 03, 2017 6:58 PM  

Jellyfish.
Because the conservatives think they have spines

Anonymous Fakeservatives July 03, 2017 7:06 PM  

Fakeservative

Anonymous Bellator Mortalis July 03, 2017 7:10 PM  

Mediocre. Tepid. Mincing. Prim. Dainty. Querulous. Flaccid.
They are all of these. Cowardly faggots wielding fallacious arguments while clutching their pearls.

SJWs wanted to see themselves as "warriors", mocking them works because they AREN'T warriors, they overreached and lied to themselves. SJW's can be mocked using the term they created for themselves, because they claimed to be something they are not, and they know it.

But moderates appears to define themselves by what they are not, rather than what they are. Their self identifty is really "I'm not X". That's why the Left's tactics of calling them something (sexist, racist, etc.) works -- because they will bend over backwards to show they are "not X".

So they can be mocked by calling them mediocre, tepid, mincing, dainty, querulous, and flaccid. Call them pearl clutching faggots. Their response will be "No I'm not!" followed by "You're mean/vulgar/an asshole etc."

So maybe: PCFs. Pearl clutching faggots.

Blogger Matthew Funk July 03, 2017 7:20 PM  

Vichy Republican(s)

Blogger Cassandros the Elder July 03, 2017 7:23 PM  

So Vox, there are lots of entries. Do we have a winner, yet?

Blogger Skyler the Weird July 03, 2017 7:23 PM  

Wordsmith Warriors. Their motto is "Words not Deeds"

Blogger Matthew Funk July 03, 2017 7:23 PM  

Vichy Conservative/Vichy American

Anonymous Dino Spumoni July 03, 2017 7:26 PM  

Peaceful Capitulators

Anonymous Dino Spumoni July 03, 2017 7:27 PM  

....or Principled Capitulators

Blogger DanG July 03, 2017 7:29 PM  

I'm a latecomer..skipped some of the comments.

Has anyone proposed "Nice Guys"? They pride themselves in niceness. They are content to finish last.

Blogger Koanic July 03, 2017 7:31 PM  

In my impartial opinion, the winners are

3. Cumpassionate Cuckservative - too foul for most users
2. Boomer Babies - somewhat off target but highly hurtful
1. Telemoderates - bullseye

Anonymous Zion's Paladin July 03, 2017 7:39 PM  

I'm late to this, but I'll try my hand.

Don't know if this has been suggested or used, but how about...Bowcucks?

Blogger Sheila4g July 03, 2017 7:51 PM  

The precariously balanced.

Anonymous Skelly July 03, 2017 7:52 PM  

Transpartisan

Anonymous Avalanche July 03, 2017 7:55 PM  

@578 Turncoat simply is not strong enough.

Traitorate?

Anonymous aibg July 03, 2017 7:56 PM  

They are the unbalanced middle.

Blogger John Morris July 03, 2017 7:59 PM  

So far I like Respectables, Loyal Opposition and Nice Guys.

Guardians of the Galaxy? Really people? If you are going that way go with Knights of the Old Republic instead. Think about it, it works. The Republic they still pretend to defend is as dead as the fictional one in the SW universe.

How about Dissenters? They are great about not liking our ideas, they don't like Socialism (or they claim they don't...) but they don't ever seem to have a position of their own, just objections and long explanations of why anyone else's ideas aren't any good.

Probably way too clever but how about Acela Globetrotters? Washington Generals don't work, remember it has to be something they might embrace until they think about it or see how it is being used. But obviously they ain't the Globetrotters, and they KNOW it, they know their purpose is to lose and thus any use of the term is ironic.

Anonymous Beresford July 03, 2017 8:03 PM  

@555

Sell outs

Virtue Signallers

The Virtuous


There is no reason we cannot simply use a current insult or term and repurpose it. Current terms and insults already have a known meaning and rhetorical impact.

Anonymous Simplytimothy July 03, 2017 8:08 PM  

Authoricons Never Lead.
ModCons
Old Yellers
Stopcons

Israel in Exile

Current Year Republicans

Blogger michaeloh59 July 03, 2017 8:22 PM  

Moderates: My principles before my children!

Blogger Cassandros the Elder July 03, 2017 8:25 PM  

Clinton Republicans

Anonymous Just a Man July 03, 2017 8:54 PM  

Moderates hate "extremism" and consider themselves above it (that's what makes them self-described "moderates"). Call them that which they hate:

Center-Wing Extremists

It also has the advantage of hinting at an unsaid truth: that their position, in its own way, is extreme.

Anonymous Simplytimothy July 03, 2017 8:56 PM  

D-minus Republicans
Grade-level Republicans
Midwit Conservativism

Blogger Joshua Hardy July 03, 2017 8:57 PM  

Oafkeepers
Orckeepers
Cloderates

Blogger Connor Johnston July 03, 2017 8:58 PM  

Baby boomers

The Worst Generation

Anonymous Anonymous July 03, 2017 9:05 PM  

What they self-identify as is having principles no matter what and insisting on decorum except when cheerleading for civil rights protesters, which is why we call them cucks, with both the meaning that they're insisting on decorum while their country is fucked, and the meaning that they secretly enjoy watching theirnwives get blacked.

SJWs called themselves SJWs before we did, and they called themselves TruCons before we did.

What other aspect of their personality do you want to mock?

Anonymous Auntie Analogue July 03, 2017 9:11 PM  

Some nominees for consideration:

- Useful Midiots (Useless Midiots)

- Pusillanimates

- Subservatives

- Altrucucks

- Doormats (Doormaterates / Doormoderates)

- Losercrats

- Cosmopoloozers

- Surrendercrats

- Wussycrats

- Soylent Perjority

- GAGA's: Go-Along-Get-Alongers

- Dudley Do-Nothings

- Propagurgitators

- BendOverCrats

- BOHICAcrats (BOHICArats / BOHICAcrats)

- Propocucks

- Prigocrats

- Sheepocrats

- Masochrats

- Snobocrats (Snobservatives)

- Complaisocrats

- Yieldocrats

- Eunuchrats

- Serfers

Blogger Evan July 03, 2017 9:27 PM  

god whistler
humpty dumpty
guppy
#NeverStanders
uncultured
god mod
secondhand elitists
adjunct patriots
...

Blogger newanubis July 03, 2017 9:28 PM  

Pissant Patriots

'Good Sport' Statesman (tongue twist- need better flowing word)

Blogger Vikki Wilson July 03, 2017 9:31 PM  

"Low-energy Leftist"

Blogger Vikki Wilson July 03, 2017 9:32 PM  

The Good Losers.

Blogger Vikki Wilson July 03, 2017 9:35 PM  

Quote "patriots".

Blogger Weouro July 03, 2017 9:37 PM  

I thought about it and I'm going to go with Capitol cockroaches or crotchroaches. I think they really must think that about themselves as they scurry around the Capitol and in the media trying to avoid getting stepped on. They really are roaches.

Blogger Vikki Wilson July 03, 2017 9:37 PM  

"Responsible Republicans.

Blogger James July 03, 2017 9:38 PM  

Cassandros the Elder wrote:Clinton Republicans

Its gone further than that. Obama Republicans.

Blogger Vikki Wilson July 03, 2017 9:39 PM  

I think the "rape-culture" idea is a good one.
"Pro-Sharia Right"

Anonymous Just another commenter July 03, 2017 10:13 PM  

@541 - Republicants is close - simple, rolls off the tongue, but it's not something they'd ever apply to themselves. It's what the Left would apply to them. If the left started using it a great deal, like they did with "fake news," then the Rs tried to adopt it to take the sting out, and we rub the sting back in, then it's a possible. Certainkly keep it in mind.

@588 - I like "Proposition-Americans." They get their own hyphenation!

Still like Respectocrats.

Blogger Lazarus July 03, 2017 10:27 PM  

The missionaries

Anonymous Dismal Farmer July 03, 2017 10:59 PM  

If you're not on either team but want to occupy the ground between them, but you still consider yourself part of the contest...that makes you the ball.

Blogger Chris Eastlund July 03, 2017 11:09 PM  

@263 has it right. Every complaint I've gotten about Trump, from folks I know who voted R, is about tone.

So things like The Decorum Group or The Tone Police work as moderates are proud of their tone. But you have to say it in a voice that implies that tone is all they have, i.e. no principles, no backbone.

Maybe The Tone Critics, which implies they just snipe from the sidelines.

It could work to imply that they aren't willing to do what's necessary to win. Like you can't raise a child without handling dirty diapers.

The No Mud on Their Boots crowd.

Blogger Stephen St. Onge July 03, 2017 11:28 PM  

PCs, for Principled Conservatives, with a sneering pronunciation of "Principled" when used in conversation. Very fond of their alleged principles, they are.

Or maybe PLs, for Principled Losers.

Blogger Vernon July 03, 2017 11:32 PM  

ModerApes. Bunch of monkey see, monkey do idiots who want nothing more than to have all the other monkeys like them.

Blogger Stephen St. Onge July 03, 2017 11:36 PM  

        I see others had the same thought independently.  What I like about "PCs", having read the other suggestions, is that it also plays off 'Politically Correct', and has alternate meanings for 'C': Conservative/Compromisers/Capitulators/Collaboraters/Correct.

But it definitely should have "P", for "Principled." I can't see anything driving them as wild with anger.

Blogger Grape July 03, 2017 11:41 PM  

Flaming moderates

Blogger Cassandros the Elder July 04, 2017 12:12 AM  

@641 [Hillary] Clinton Republicans

Anonymous Anonymous July 04, 2017 12:25 AM  

If they see themselves as decent, family people, perhaps pointing out that they are betraying their own children might be an option. That is, they are so focussed on their own little world of making an income and raising their family, that they don't see that the world is collabsing around them and will take their kids with it.

I propose "family men".

It's family men that want to make peace with the nihilist left. Family men that just want to not make waves and live in peace. Family men who think that if they do the right thing, then that's enough to guarantee their kids a future. Family men just don't get it.

Blogger Rye Protagonist July 04, 2017 12:28 AM  

Vichy Republicans & Clinton Conservatives are working for me.
Truth + Simplicity + Contempt.

Anonymous Big Mike July 04, 2017 12:37 AM  

The Nice Guys
The go along to get along crew
Inoffensive types
They mean well

Blogger Six July 04, 2017 1:19 AM  

Pavlovian Republicans

Blogger Stephen St. Onge July 04, 2017 1:42 AM  

Thinking about this some more:

The qualities moderates pride themselves on having or being:

Forward Looking
Moderate
Practical
Pragmatic
Problem Solving
Non Dogmatic
Compromisers
Bipartisan
Sensible
Electable
Fairness
Adult
Centrist
Effective

So if we're looking for something like "Social Justice Warror", we start with those terms. BMRs or Bimrs (Bipartisan Middle of the Roaders), BCs or BiCs (Bipartisan Compromisers), MMMs (Moderate Middle of the Roaders), MRMs (Middle of the Road Moderates), EMMs (Extremely Moderate Moderates), EEMs (Extremely Extreme Moderates), OSM (Oh So Moderates).

We might also take a quality they're proud of, and just shorten it:
Prags for pragmatists;
Pracs for practicals;
Probs for problem solvers;
Compros for compromisers;
Centros for centrists;
Sensies for sensibles;


I like the idea of using "Bi" at the beginning, as a mockery of their supposed bipartisanship, and the suggestion of bisexuality. "Bimoderate,", "Bicenterists" or "Bicentered," "Bicompromised," "Bipractical," and "Bisensible" all have promise. "Bifective", suggesting defective, has a really nice ring.

"Cuckservative" works because it's so close to "conservative" that you instantly know who is being referred to, as well as striking at conservatives' self-image. So "moderatti" might work. Or take the end of "moderate" and something on the front to mock them with: Mincerates, Mediocrates, Muddleheaderates. For words not starting with "M," Surrenderates, Nonsenserates, Ineffecterates,
Stupiderates.




Blogger Stephen St. Onge July 04, 2017 1:44 AM  

Oh, almost forgot: Fakerates.

Anonymous Ahmad ibn Fadhlan July 04, 2017 2:00 AM  

For rhetoric, my 2 winners had to be terms they might adopt themselves...

* Nice Guys (the bandit @510) - Winner. You kept trying to accessorize it, but it's the ultimate male kill shot and every female will pick up on it instantly as = sexually undesirable and creepy. Guys get it viscerally as a failure tag. Just use it as is, in quotes or as a hashtag. It's perfect.

* Safe Middle (James @322) - Could become the winner as moderates adopt it for themselves. And then you just emphasize the word "Safe" to shame them for picking safety over right/principles. If it seems sub-par because their choices are unsafe... hey, SJWs ain't warriors.

In certain cases...

* Decency Dhimmi - Mine, but didn't see its better as an immediate insult. Their #1 plea plus its consequences, all wrapped up to go in a dismissive assault on their manhood or womanhood.

* Global Patriot (Forge the Sky @278) - Effective in limited cases but then very effective.

Honorable Mentions, wouldn't go wrong using...

* Pearl-clutchers (Bellator Mortalis @609). Insulting to males and females alike. Also useful against FOPs (see below), and already in use by Kurt Schlichter.

* Defenders of All Virtue per Dove @284 - Hard mockery, gains extra heft if it's also shortened to "DAVs," which could also be seen as short for "Davos" or "Davoisie" to swipe at the globalist predator class. DAV is already in the Urban Dictionary as a relatively cool geek, a cool person... and "Deep Anal Visit," which just adds to both the chances of self-identification and the later hilarity.

Conservakillers: Since so many ideas were spawned, if you want an alternative weapon against conservatives....

@200: FOP (A_Lurker @200, but change meaning to Fail On Purpose). Winner. FOP cuts right to the heart of their Low-T affectations, and Fail On Purpose conveys treason and bad faith while describing a common behavior. They can't help but be insulted, and the failures are already an uncomfortable awareness in their heads. Mainstream this as a parallel to cuckservative for adoption outside the Alt-Right.

Also liked Aeoli Pera @171: Runservatives and @180 Failservatives

Finally, thanks for the insights to:

* @117 Cail Corishev re: fear as their base, and @257 for correctly IDing the exercise target as moderates not conservatives.
* @531 Ominous Cowherd re: their immediate outrage is the test.
* @555 swede re: it's about self-image not consequences.
* @609 Bellator Mortalis re: core of moderate self-identity being a "not-X".
* @153 Emmett Fitz-Hume for humor: "Although, whoever brought up Steeler's Wheel now has Stuck in the Middle With Jew running through my head constantly. Thanks."

Blogger Remo - Vile Faceless Minion #99 July 04, 2017 2:11 AM  

Fence sitters
Luke warms
Half thoughts
Dull knives
B-arks

Blogger Tom Terrific July 04, 2017 2:22 AM  

Afer 659 comments I can't see anyone hearing me down here, but...

I've been using RepubliCucks on Twitter for a couple years. It's not just conservatives who are cucks. Moderate republicans are, too. I wouldn't call Mitch McConnell or Paul Ryan cuckservatives, but I will call them RepubliCucks because they actively service the Left. They struggle hard to find ways to "work together" with the likes of Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi and the LOVE to "reach across the aisle and stroke Democrat Dick.

Blogger yoghi.llama July 04, 2017 2:35 AM  

Balancing actors.

Living statues of liberty.

Blogger Troushers July 04, 2017 2:38 AM  

Kaposervatives.

They sell out their people for softer beds and better food.

Bill Kristopher is the archetypal kaposervatives.

"Yes, of course, the suicide rate and drug use in the rust belt is just terrible. Perhaps they should retrain as IT workers."
(raises glass to study the colour and timbre of his wine)

Blogger Tom Terrific July 04, 2017 2:44 AM  

From the Latin "dys" - 1: abnormal dyschromia. 2: difficult dyspnea. 3—compare eu- 1a: impaired dysfunction

How about:

Dysnationalists.
Dysconservative

Conservative appeals to their self-image while dys takes it away.

Or perhaps:

Roosevelt Republicans.
They FEEL since the New Deal has been in effect for SO LONG it MUST be a ROUSING success and the last thing they would EVER want to do is repeal ANY of it!

Regarding Social Justice Warrior, that was THEIR WORD. They coined it for themselves. We NEVER changed it or altered it. We simply USED IT CONTEMPTUOUSLY. We SCORNED them for thinking they were "Warriors"!

The word itself has NEVER changed. We made it TOXIC by our CONTEMPT for them.

Other than "Conservative", I can't think of another label Small Government, Pro-Traditional Values But We Must Lose With Dignity people use for themselves.

Anonymous Ugly Mind Babies July 04, 2017 3:03 AM  

Civil servants.

Anonymous AmericanGraffiti July 04, 2017 3:21 AM  

Colorblind

Never- (they self adopted NeverTrump... idiots) i.e. Neverland Ranchers

Blogger Troushers July 04, 2017 3:36 AM  

Actually, reading the brief, "Cuckoosatives" might be better. They aren't moderates- they are fakes, sitting corpulently in someone else's nest, cheeping for attention.

Blogger Mastermind July 04, 2017 3:41 AM  

Moderates respond poorly to rhetoric directed at them (to say nothing of the difficulty in coming up with good nicknames for bland people who don't particularly stand out in any way). Cuckservative and SJW work because they attack core values of distinguishable partisans. There's nothing similar to attack in a moderate. You win the moderates by shifting the overton window. That means attack the cucks and SJWs and make the moderates look more and more extreme by comparison with the old status quo. They will then move to the new normal on their own, like they did with gay marriage.

Blogger Shimshon July 04, 2017 4:01 AM  

I like Transpartisan. The "trans" has a certain connotation today of fat, blue-haired, and easily triggered. I think the partisan works too, as it mocks their supposed neutrality.

Anonymous Anonymous July 04, 2017 4:14 AM  

euchanised moderationist

Blogger Shimshon July 04, 2017 4:31 AM  

If you have to read it to understand it (because of clever spelling and the like) or need to explain it, it's not good rhetoric.

Blogger SRBEL July 04, 2017 4:34 AM  

Moralites

Anonymous Nature is Not a Feminist July 04, 2017 4:40 AM  

Modcucks
Milkmaid Moderates
Mocha Moderates
Mush Moderates
Milquetoast Moderates

Anonymous An Indian, living in Italy July 04, 2017 5:01 AM  

In last night's Darkstream, I noted that the most effective rhetoric tends to have something in common: it is based on mocking an aspect of the target's self-identification.

For example, the reason Social Justice Warrior is effective rhetoric that triggers the emotions of SJWs while derogatory terms like Social Justice Bully and Social Justice Crybaby do not is because "warrior" is a term that the SJWs gave themselves, and more importantly, it is how they see themselves. To hear the term used contemptuously, as an open form of mockery, is what causes the emotional pain that triggers them.

Fake News, which is arguably the most effective rhetorical term ever deployed against the media, is almost exactly the same. It is a term originally coined by the media, but stolen and deployed against them, and one that strikes at the very heart of their self-value and self-identification as devotees of truth and accuracy.

So, as an exercise, let's see if anyone can utilize this principle to come up with a rhetorical term for moderates that would serve as an alternative to Cuckservative, which is itself already an effective tag that is a play on a self-title rather than an actual one, but nevertheless strikes powerfully at the conservative's self-image as loyal and moral.


As an alternative, let us contemplate an alternative rhetoric.

Let us contemplate a Honkey American, who learned to identify with Mexican American before he learned he had genetic familiarity with Native American.

He lives in Italy. He is:

White Privelege.

Blogger Megamerc July 04, 2017 5:52 AM  

Several I liked and why:

Judas-Americans - Really pulls from the story of Judas betraying Jesus with a kiss for silver and puts it in context of American politics. Most moderates are probably Christian, or at least familiar with Christian stories. That one will bite.

Progressive Lefter's Lonely Orphans Club (or Lonely Orphans Club) - Orphans belong to nobody, and lonely orphans try so hard to get people to like them. Adopt me please! But they'll do anything for the left.

Bossy Middle Schoolers - We all knew that kid in middle school who wanted everyone to get along by doing what he/she said, and who eventually cried if you didn't, pleading with everyone that "the teacher will get mad if you keep fighting, just let him have your toy!" Also plays on moderates'"middle" school of thought.

New Native Americans - They'll totally win that war. Prize is a reservation. And they are totally native--new too.

Runner ups:

Moderate Know-it-alls (the wise ones ALWAYS do nothing, wu-wei guys)
Sincere Flimflammers (you know, cuz swindles are so much better when sincere)
Peaceful Lemmings (can't everyone just get along and go with the flow?)
Midiots (middle + idiots)
Fair and Impartial Traitors (they carefully weighed all the data before betraying everyone)
Pisa-men (yeah, I think they're telling it straight--just like the tower)

Anonymous Sleepyhead July 04, 2017 6:00 AM  

Moderate Racists
Moderate Nazis

Blogger Stilicho July 04, 2017 7:06 AM  

So, what is the best way to describe spineless moderates? A collection of Nuancy boys who would rather lose as a basket of respectables than be called names for daring to win? A bunch of good losers who self-identify as transervative? A gagle of mooderates who cannot proceed beyond their feelz? A veritable swarm of bowtie-clad, pearl-clutching Respectacles who read the op-eds of the Carlos Slim and Jeff Bezos blogs with the avidity of an aspiring actress searching for her name in a review of a drama club production? A gaggle of fence-sitters so dedicated to their art that many sport sequoia-sized splinters in their nethers as a badge of honour? It's a conundrum.

Anonymous Callan July 04, 2017 7:44 AM  

1. The Balanced Right

How can you be right and also balanced? Requires a choice to be made - far-right or moderate.

2. Moderate Conservatives.

How can you conserve anything if you will only do so moderately? Moderate conservatism is why the left continues to gain ground...


Blogger Cloom Glue July 04, 2017 9:40 AM  

You're too moderate for your skirt and too sexy for your shirt.

Blogger Gapeseed July 04, 2017 9:45 AM  

There are some clever comments here, but nothing seems to pack the sting of cuckservative or social justice warrior.

I think the effectiveness of rhetoric depends in large part on the target, and moderates are harder to roil because they are far less emotionally invested than progs or conservatives. Basically, the culture war doesn't interest them, so they adopt a split the difference strategy in the hope that they aren't dragged in by either side. They'll take some flak from both sides for being quislings but will gladly pay for the occasional barb in order to pursue other topics that interest them more.

Blogger Shawnesy July 04, 2017 10:46 AM  

The more that I think about it the more I think that "Bowtie" should be used. It mocks them for posing as common man types but we really know they're from a class of sheltered, entitled idiots who have no clue about and want little to do with life on Main St.

The best part is that you can mix it up a lot: Bowtie Republicans, Bowtie Conservatives, Bowtie Democrats, Bowtie Liberals, the Bowtie Class, the Bowties, "you're lecturing us from your Bowtie Pedestal", etc.

You can tie Democrats and Republicans together so easily that even Low Information voters would get it.

Blogger Chris Eastlund July 04, 2017 12:41 PM  

From quote on Gab about Romney-ites prefering to lose with honor. Call then the 'honorable losers'. Emphasizes the loser part, while using the same words they are otherwise ok with : "losing with honor".

Anonymous nightskyradio July 04, 2017 1:05 PM  

Water boys. Sitting on the sidelines and never getting their hands dirty. Or getting the cheerleaders.

Blogger Aeoli Pera July 04, 2017 1:16 PM  

Greatest Thread of All Time

Cuneiservatives
GOPussies
Dinner Party Republicans

Blogger Lance E July 04, 2017 1:38 PM  

I'm going to experiment with truth seeker.

I think it cuts to the heart of the moderate identity of being "willing to hear all sides" and never adopting any "extreme" positions. To most of us, it's simply cowardice on display, but to them, it's incontrovertible proof that they are better-informed and more objective than anyone else.

The irony is that they are always [claiming to be] seeking the truth, yet never seem to actually find it, or be able to recognize or accept it when they do. They are perpetually looking for that greater truth, and will therefore never accept anything as true no matter how much evidence they are provided.

(Note here: I'm not using logical analysis to derive the epithet, only to explain why I think it could be effective in practice.)

"You make some good points, but let's not do anything rash! Let's hear what the other side has to say first!"
- A Truth Seeker

Blogger Greg Hunt July 04, 2017 2:46 PM  

Civil obedience.

Blogger Doc Rampage July 04, 2017 9:26 PM  

The difference between SJWs and moderate conservatives is that SJWs are ashamed of what they are, so you can use their own term against them, while moderate conservatives proud of who and what they are. I propose a term that attacks their pride by mentioning how their morals change continuously to make them progressives just ten years behind the times. It makes them look weak and cowardly while implying that that they are retarded:

slow progressive

Blogger mobius wolf July 04, 2017 9:44 PM  

@doc That might be something.
regressive progressives
simple progs

progwannabe It's a tribe.

progwannabe indians on the war path. Naw, they'd be "hang around the fort" NDNs

Blogger mobius wolf July 04, 2017 9:46 PM  

The elephant shit in the room.

Anonymous Ominous Cowherd July 04, 2017 10:01 PM  

@687: call them Retarded progressives?

Blogger Dirk Manly July 04, 2017 10:35 PM  

@6
"Chickpublican would keep it at one word..."

Repubchicken

Anonymous franklinjennings July 04, 2017 11:08 PM  

401Kers (rich enough to have 401Ks, but poor enough to care)
Uncle Toms
Shabbas Goys
Difference Splitters
On-the-other handers
Log Cabin Republicans

A few others I liked:
Principled Compromisers
America Laster

Some of best:
Safe Middle
Nice Guys
Moderate Nice Guys

Inclusives
Conformatives
White Treasures
Abortion Moderates
Tut Tuts
Goodwhites

Blogger Dirk Manly July 04, 2017 11:58 PM  

Tsk-tskers

Blogger Dirk Manly July 05, 2017 12:19 AM  

Open-minded.... garbage in / garbage out.

Blogger Dirk Manly July 05, 2017 12:48 AM  

The key is to lead with what they like, and the kill shot is following it by calling them out for what they are:


Principled Losers

High-Minded Losers

Middle of the Road ==> Yellow-Striped Ones (i.e. cowards)

Principled Surrender-Monkeys

Civilized Losers

Polite Losers

Compromisers with evil

Polite Appeasers of Evil

Anonymous I wrote the Magna Carta July 05, 2017 1:23 PM  

condumbs

Blogger Unknown July 05, 2017 8:56 PM  

So-called Conservatives.. c.e.d SC.

Anonymous Grimlock July 05, 2017 10:08 PM  

Salt wrote:Pug wrote:What do moderates do?



Nothing, really.


So they are Nothings. You're not a moderate, you're a nothing. A moderate position is a nothing position. A moderate republican is a nothing republican.

Anonymous Clouseau July 06, 2017 2:07 AM  

Eloi.

Blogger Just Mark July 06, 2017 1:29 PM  

Way late and will probably never even be ready.

What we are looking for is a derisive term for someone who acts like one thing but chooses to be abused by that which he ostensibly stands against.

I propose "Peggies"

Anonymous David July 06, 2017 1:36 PM  

It's amazing how many of your commenters still think good rhetoric is just making insults or puns for people that already agree with you. Like RINO is used by the cucks. I like the suggestions of Respectables and True Conservatives. Conformatives is good too, but not really rhetorical in the same way as SJW.

Virtue Signallers

The Safety Patrol - I like the idea of comparing them to little kids that are supposed to police other little kids.

Something involving "sportsmanship" - playing by the rules. Just not sure how to construct it well.

Eventually-Trumpers (instead of never-trumpers)

Moral Police (looks good when juxtaposing with republican scandals)

The Nice Guys/The Good Guys

White Knights - this is how they see themselves, but would make them cluck at the racist meaning too.

Principled Defenders

Anonymous Clouseau July 06, 2017 2:28 PM  

Republicastrati

Blogger SirHamster July 06, 2017 5:28 PM  

Non-partisan Diplomats.

I think diplomat describes their self-identification as a moderating influence like the SJW thinks they are warriors for justice.

Non-partisan is a placeholder, trying to think of a suitable adjective that captures the moderate's inability to choose sides, which he sees as a virtue.

Bonus acroynym: NPD

Blogger czerwonyorzeł July 06, 2017 6:03 PM  

Softies.

Anonymous Clouseau July 06, 2017 7:36 PM  

Conserveloi

Moderateloi

Blogger Cloom Glue July 08, 2017 10:02 PM  

Global Nationists would drive the multi-cultural globalists mad because it comes close to calling them nationalists by identifying their singular nation.

Blogger Cloom Glue July 12, 2017 1:05 PM  

A sub-class of moderates, so they think, are the homosexuals. They claim themselves victims of extreme oppression, thus deriving their moderation self-identity.

Call them homosexualists, instead of the liberal's alphabet labels, so as to isolate them like a political party which they chose, rather than letting them claim victim status, like a race or handicap, which is not chosen.

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