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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Dan Cuprill from Cincinnati, Ohio commented "The other thing was that I really understood that this was the wedge issue to attracting new clients because nobody likes taxes, everybody hates taxes.
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.
But the influx has created a humanitarian crisis that has become a political wedge issue.
Instead of using immigration reform as a wedge issue, like many leaders in Washington, Utah passed legislation to help manage immigration based on our real economic needs.
It really came to a head during the 2004 elections, when it was used as a wedge issue, and it was a very effective tool to keep the Republicans in office and to avoid talking about other issues.
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.
All signs point to their continuing to find ways to exploit fear of Muslims, using it as a political wedge issue.
When a political party has found a potent wedge issue, it may conclude that it has more to gain on election day by perpetuating the conflict than by resolving the issue.
For too long, international family planning assistance has been used as a political wedge issue, the subject of a back and forth debate that has served only to divide us," said Barack Obama upon overturning the policy as one of his first acts in office.