political football

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political football

A problem or situation that causes an argument between different political parties, often in an attempt to gain an advantage. It didn't take too long before the issue of property taxes turned into a political football for the candidates.
See also: football, political

political football

Fig. an issue that becomes politically divisive; a problem that doesn't get solved because the politics of the issue get in the way. The question of campaign contributions has become a political football. All the politicians who accept questionable money are pointing fingers at each other.
See also: football, political

a poˌlitical ˈfootball

an issue or a problem that causes argument and disagreement and that different political groups use to gain votes: It is sad that education is still being used as a political football, instead of action being taken to improve it.
See also: football, political
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Jobs issues, along with the NHS, tax and welfare, are used as political footballs to try and win votes but empty promises are no good.
Using ethnic minorities as political footballs is tawdry.
Other cases involving violence against ethnic groups could have been used as political footballs.
For them health issuers are turned into political footballs and every problem is escalated to a 'national crisis'.
Why must problems so vital to life and the general good of the community be political footballs to be tossed to and fro in our media?
I saved perhaps my favorite quip for the new president of the Southern Baptist Convention, telling him that I believe, frankly, that most Americans would be happier if members of Congress just tried to obey most of the commandments instead of launching them as political footballs.