wedge issue


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wedge issue

n.
A sharply divisive political issue, especially one that is raised by a candidate or party in hopes of attracting or disaffecting a portion of an opponent's customary supporters.

wedge issue

n
an issue that is likely to cause division between the members of a group

wedge′ is`sue


n.
an issue that divides or causes conflict in an otherwise unified group: Abortion is a wedge issue for the Republican party.
[1990–95]
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Prime Minister Hun Sen revisited a wedge issue between Cambodia and the US on Tuesday, complaining about the approximately $500 million in Vietnam War-era debt accumulated under the Lon Nol regime still owed to the superpower.
The bathroom bill is a classic wedge issue, dividing one group of Republicans from another in a way that makes voters' choices seem clearer.
Illegal biryani has become the latest wedge issue by India's Hindu nationalist government to impose its religious standards on the officially secular country India's majority Hindus consider the cow sacred and do not eat its meat, but its two largest minorities--Muslims and Dalits, the former "untouchables" --observe no such strictures.
Even abortion runs the risk of becoming a wedge issue for the party as activists demand that candidates take extreme positions such as opposing exceptions for rape, incest, or the life and health of the mother, even though these are popular among most Republican voters.
Earlier this year, over 300 notable Republicans signed their name to an amicus brief to the Supreme Court that signaled the creation of a beachhead in the Republican Party--that support for LGBT equality will no longer be used as a wedge issue or litmus test.
Any student of politics will enjoy learning how the Catholic bishops helped make abortion a wedge issue in presidential and state campaigns.
This conflict at the heart of the Jewish State has spilled over to Jews in the dias-pora, and some North American leaders believe that it has become a wedge issue that will further alienate young Jews from Israel, diminishing future American support.
With the Lib Dems competing for airtime with Ukip, the Greens and nationalist parties, Mr Clegg might have wondered what wedge issue his party could brandish in next year's election to rescue its relevance.
The larger issue, he said, is the so-called troll issue is an excuse and a wedge issue to attack patents generally.
Thomas Friedman lamented the Republican success at making Israel a wedge issue for voters, which has stifled debate.
The work explores how conservative, ruling class feminists opposed Peron's decision to grant universal suffrage as a class wedge issue, and how socialist and anarchist feminists opposed Peron on the grounds that his actions were simply an opportunistic ploy to further his totalitarian agenda.
When governments crack down on religious expression, when politicians or public figures try to use religion as a wedge issue, or when societies fail to take steps to denounce religious bigotry and curb discrimination based on religious identity, they embolden extremists and fuel sectarian strife," Clinton said.