In American democracy, when the majority party has enough votes to pass populist legislation, party leaders designate a scapegoat who will refuse to vote with the party thereby killing the legislation. The opposition is otherwise inexplicable and typically comes from someone who is safe or not up for re-election. This allows for maximum diffusion of responsibility.
WTF??? Senator Lieberman now opposes the same health care compromise he himself suggested. Just when everyone thought Democrats had enough votes to get this done. Guess they made Lieberman the rotating villain...
An organization viewed by the public as authoritative on a particular issue, which provides cover to elected officials for a controversial decision on that issue. In plutocracies such as the United States, in which the boundaries of acceptable political discourse are very limited, the issue validator often serves the additional role of helping to marginalize more populist views. The issue validator typically has an unrecognized conflict of interest which can be anything, though it is most often financial or political. Note that this term should be used with extreme caution, as the user will be instantly revealed as a non-supporter of the plutocracy.
In the following dialog the Fraternal Order of Really Old People is the issue validator:
"Hey Bob! Did you hear about the plan to give every old person a pony?"
"I dunno Andy. I heard that it'll cost a lot and some really old people don't want a pony."
"Nah, Bob. The Fraternal Order of Really Old People supports this plan."
"Well, Andy, if FOROP supports it then I feel better. But wait a second, didn't I read somewhere FOROP has a side-business selling ponies?"
"Nah, Bob. They only license their logo to the finest pony growers. It's totally different."
"Thanks, Andy. Sounds like I got some bad information from a disgruntled blogger."
When you're having phone sex (less commonly any kind of sex) and your guy suddenly has to split.
Are you wet?
I am now. How about you?
Nicole my brother's here. I gotta call you back.
Leaving a girl out in the cold?