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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And I warned against Wedge politics and petty rhetoric used to belittle our adversaries and to inflame partisan divisions.
Harper's wedge politics kept his base secure, but was entirely reliant on all those whom his divisive politics had alienated refusing to set aside their own partisan differences.
Labor and the smaller left-wing opposition Greens Party have seized on Dutton's comments to paint the government as heartless and divisive, accusing it playing wedge politics.
A motif running throughout the book is the country's ethnic diversity, too often the domain of conflict, exploitation, bitter relations and cynical wedge politics, but at times also a story of promise, hope, and of a country with the "remnants of what used to be one of the most cosmopolitan societies in the world" (p.
Wedge politics is a zero-sum game, based not so much on class as on ressentiment.
Atwater didn't just master the dark arts of wedge politics and dirty-tricks campaigning; he also taught the current Republican leaders what he knew.
I am proud of fighting the FMA as divisive wedge politics at its worst.
in June, McGuinty said the Harris government "worshipped at the altar of wedge politics," and continued in his favoured education motif.
I hope that those who claim to care about healthy families will turn away from wedge politics and scapegoating so we can focus" the issues piling up on Congress" agenda.
Frankly, I think these people are running a protection racket, with the intended payoff being political - a cynical McCarthy-like exploitation of wedge politics.
The exodus of whites from public schools in the South after integration and in urban areas of the North in the present day has provided opportunity for employing wedge politics against school funding.