A minority party is sometimes called a “party of ‘no,’” saying “no” to the majority party’s agenda. When members of the majority party also disagree with some of the agenda and vote “no,” there is a “no” momentum, or “nomentum.”
“Nomentum” was used by the blog Ace of Spades HQ on March 4, 2010, referring to “no” votes on a health care bill. An older “momentum” political term is “Joementum,” the brief 2004 political momentum of Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman.
“Nomentum” can also literally mean “no momentum”—with no momentum for either “yes” or “no.”
Two weeks (March 19, 2010) after “nomentum” was coined, “yomentum” (“yo” or “yes” momentum) was coined to refer to a new trend on the same health care bill.
No Momentum - no motivation to complete a task
This project is going slow to day because I have nomentum.
by WiredTiger Aug 26, 2003
Wikipedia: Joe Lieberman
Joseph Isadore “Joe” Lieberman (born February 24, 1942) is the junior United States Senator from Connecticut. First elected to the Senate in 1988, Lieberman was elected to a fourth term on November 7, 2006. In the 2000 United States presidential election, Lieberman was the Democratic nominee for Vice President, running with presidential nominee Al Gore, becoming the first Jewish candidate on a major American political party presidential ticket.
On January 13, 2003, Lieberman announced his intention to seek the Democratic nomination as a candidate in the 2004 presidential election.
Describing his Presidential hopes, Lieberman opined that his historically hawkish stance would appeal to voters. Indeed he initially led in polls of primaries, but due to his political positions he failed to win a support of liberal Democratic voters, who dominated the primaries.
Prior to his defeat in New Hampshire, Lieberman famously declared his campaign was picking up “Joementum”; however, he failed to provide such momentum during the New Hampshire Primary debates, held at Saint Anselm College days before the primary.
27 February 1990, Richmond (VA) Times-Dispatch, “Tournaments give VMI, ODU chance for reversal,” pg. 28:
Virginia Military Institute will take “nomentum”—short for no momentum—into the Southern Conference basketball tournament Saturday in Asheville, N.C.
No-mentum in Primary States
by Monica Crowley
April 16, 2008
Dems’ Purgatory Of Nomentum
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania—When Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton meet on stage tonight for their first and only debate in Pennsylvania since early November, and their last before Keystone State voters head to the polls on Tuesday, both candidates will try and gain crucial and much-needed momentum. Since their last meeting, before the March 4 primaries in Texas, Ohio, Rhode Island and Vermont, the Democratic race has devolved into a chaos of mudslinging, and neither candidate has been able to seize a permanent and crushing upper hand. At the moment, the Democratic race is a contest of no-mentum.
The Year of Nomentum
from DipPolitics added 14 May, 2008 at 10:45 AM
A long time ago in Democratic primaries, there was this thing called momentum. It’s pretty complicated, but basically, momentum meant that if a candidate won one primary, he (we didn’t have women candidates back then) was more likely to win the next one, and if he won a couple in a row — well, things were pretty much over unless he killed his wife in a drunken rage or something like that.
Ace of Spades HQ
Nomentum: Another Progressive Mulls Flipping From “Yes” to “No”
She doesn’t commit to voting “no.” But it’s hopeful that all the musing along these lines is from yes-to-no with no one I know of saying they’ll flip from no-to-yes.
Posted by: Ace at 02:46 PM (March 4, 2010—ed.)
posted at 4:15 pm on March 4, 2010 by Allahpundit
Awesome: GOP congressman to delay resignation so he can vote no on ObamaCare; Update: Another Dem flipping to no?
Yesterday they needed 216 to pass it, now they need 217. Like Ace says: Nomentum.
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