1. a term reflecting the frequent tendency of government officials to suddenly disappear from public view when the spotlight of criticism shines on them, typically for a period of 1-2 days or until someone else's boneheaded antics capture the headlines
2. An instinctive and defensive reaction of an elected official to avoid a "whack-a-mole" reaction by their constituents
"Hey, have you seen Gov Stanford since his "hiking trip" hit the wires?"
"No, he seems to have ducked outa sight."
"Just like a gopherment official. Gone underground until someone else steals the limelight."
1. A term reflecting the excessive amount of spin, misdirection, butt-covering, and massaged statistics that come from our elected officials. Recognized by the fact that a spinmeister must "clarify" what a politician meant whenever he sticks his foot deep into his mouth.
VeeP Biden: "Swine flu? I wouldn't go anywhere in confined spaces."
Staff: "What the VeeP meant to say was..."
Another fine example of govern-meant.