"Electile dysfunction’ (ED) is a humorous political term, taken from the term “erectile dysfunction.” The term “electile dysfunction” became popular about November 10, 2000, during the disputed Florida results of the 2000 U.S. presidential election. ‘Electile dysfunction” meant an election that was dysfunctional, because of procedural or technical errors in counting the votes.
“Electile dysfunction” also means an electorate not excited about the candidates running for office. The term “electile dysfunction” was first cited in print at least several months before the November 2000 election.
January 30, 2008 Urban Word of the Day
The inability to become aroused over any of the choices for President put forth by either party during an election year.
“Is anyone appealing to you in this years presidential race?”
“Naa… No one excites me. I think I’m suffering from Electile Dysfunction.”
by ScottySlave Jan 17, 2008
Wikipedia: Erective dysfunction
Erectile dysfunction (ED, “male impotence”, or “Baby-D Syndrome") is a sexual dysfunction characterized by the inability to develop or maintain an erection of the penis sufficient for satisfactory sexual performance.
2 March 2000, New York (NY) Post, “Robertson Obsession Derails Mac Attack” by Rod Dreher, pg. 28:
How much good does it do the movement to back another Establishment drone who, like presidential loser and Viagra pitchman Bob Dole, has electile dysfunction with independent voters?
From: (jk from Boston)
Subject: Re: Electile Dysfunction
In a sentence: I want to vote for GW Bush but in looking at Harry Browne I have electile dysfunction.”
Subject: Re: we’ve no president, help wanted
we are suffering from electile dysfunction…
Express of India
Electile dysfunction—It’s a laugh riot in the US
WASHINGTON, NOVEMBER 12: Denials and denunciations, novel terminology, a new cast of characters and a fresh crop of jokes emerged from the unprecedented US Presidential election as Americans went into the weekend not knowing who will be their next Chief Executive.
“I had a nightmare last night. Some space aliens came down to Earth and asked me to take them to our leader. I didn’t know what to do!’’ late-night comic Jay Leno joked, reflecting the popular `What Now?’ mood following the controversial polls.
New York (NY) Times
COUNTING THE VOTE: HUMOR; Television Shows Find Comedy in the Errors
By JANNY SCOTT
Published: Friday, November 17, 2000
While favorite themes have included addled Floridians, ridiculous ways to settle disputes (rock, paper, scissors) and terminology like ‘’pregnant chads,’’ there have been other jokes, too, about ‘’electile dysfunction,’’ Governor Bush’s intelligence, Jews voting for Patrick Buchanan and more.
New Jersey Teachers’ Union’s ‘Electile Dysfunction’ for Corzine Explained
by Kyle Olson
Posted Nov 28th 2009 at 7:03 am
An interesting document found its way to my inbox last weekend. It was a PowerPoint presentation of an analysis done by the New Jersey Education Association, regarding its efforts to re-elect Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine.
The document can be found at NEAexposed.com.
Citing “Electile Dysfunction,” meaning the polls were telling them that voters, including teachers, weren’t as enthusiastic about Corzine as they would like, the union’s Director of Government Relations, Ginger Gold Schnitzer, proposed a double-dose remedy: “A robust member-to-member campaign,” followed by “an independent communications campaign to inoculate the public.”
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