An operative who uses his platform to influence the perception of a person, organization, or event. Like a damage-control PR person.
Most often this is in the political context, usually conservative, with the spin doctor masquerading as a journalist or "expert in the field" to lend credibility to what's actually just a PR line cooked up by the right-wing.
After "Deep Throat" finally revealed himself as W. Mark Felt in May, 2005, a parade of spin doctors, old Nixon cronies and convicted Watergate felons appeared in the media, trying to tarnish Felt in any way they could, to distract from and lessen in the public's mind the enormity of the crimes they'd committed 30 years ago.
Short for "a right-wing nut". Popularized in blogs and throughout the Internet. Used to refer to those who unquestioningly accept and repeat right-wing propaganda no matter how outrageous or unbelieveable.
As opposed to normal conservatives who have relatively independent minds--those few that remain.
"Fox News could say that Invisible Martians came down and hid Iraq's Weapons Of Mass Destruction and the wing-nuts would believe it."
Disney's best and funniest cartoon character, with one of the most famous voices in animation.
Not a "bad guy" but quick-tempered and grouchy. Often can't resist doing something a little mean-spirited--for which he always pays.
It's his mishandling of situations that makes him funny. He's not "perfect" like good guy cartoons, but is deeply flawed. And after things blow up in his face his temper is hilarious, mostly because of his grouchy "quack-quack" voice.
In one cartoon he's got a huge outdoor model railroad set up, and when he discovers the chipmunks Chip & Dale living in one of his model houses he's thrilled at first--but then can't resist teasing them by making it rain, snow, etc., on them.
To deal with being caught by telling a bald-faced lie and sticking to it no matter how unbelievable it is.
Also, to be willing to do or say anything, no matter how outrageous, rather than deviate from the lie.
Guy: "You hit my car!! You smashed right into my car!"
Cheney: "No I didn't."
Guy: "Yes you did! Look at it! You smashed right into it! The whole side is caved in."
Cheney: "No I didn't. You hit me."
Guy: "WHAT? Are you really going to try to cheney your way out of this? All my friends and three nuns saw you do it!"
Cheney: "You hit me. That's what happened. You hit me."
Guy: "I was PARKED for christ's sake -- how could I have hit you? You drove into my car while it was parked here! Look at it -- the whole side is stoved in, you asshole!"
Cheney: "No I didn't. Your car hit mine."
Guy: "WHAT??!! Are you crazy? Your car is still smashed into the side of my car, right here where it was parked. You drove over the median strip, across three lanes of traffic, and plowed into my parked car. I saw the whole thing! We all saw it -- and this nun got it on video!"
Cheney: "Why do you hate America?"
This was a Rodney Dangerfield line. He may or may not have coined it, but he made it uniquely his; he'd nervously adjust his tie while saying it.
A lot of his lines got into the wider lexicon, though younger people may not know who he was. He played the crazy ultra-rich guy in "Caddyshack".
"I told a cab driver to take me where the action was, and he took me to MY house!"
(Nervously adjusts tie) "Oh, tough crowd, tough crowd..."
The woman married to Bob, your uncle.
Oh goodie! A present from me anti.