the ability of a mother to hear what her children are up to even when they are very quiet about it and are in the next room.
Of course, I can hear you, I have mother's ear. Also see husband's ear.
a really old person that can do something really new
My grandma is a geriatrigy--she's on facebook and she tweets several times a day.
increasing the Democratic vote in Republican strongholds
Larry Sabato, director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia, said that black turnout in the fall election will encourage the purple-ization of red states.
separatist, schismatic, secessionist
According to the Washington Post editorial page, the Chinese government belittles the anti-Olympics protests as "the work of Western extremists or splittists such as the Dali Lama." Source: William Safire, New York Times
to rouse strong feelings, to disturb
With his oratory, he could easily commove the crowd. They wanted to follow him anywhere.
quality of particular hackiness by bloggers or TV commentators who are motivated by their political leaning rather than a desire to present the truth
Hacktacular alert! Read what (fill in your own suggestion) says about (fill in your own favorite) today!
inattentiveness to what his wife is saying.
He can hear the ballgame on the TV but not even realize his wife is talking to him--He has husband's ear. Also see mother's ear.