Well, a new hyphenated word, really.
This refers to someone who knows how to communicate to his or her political base, and forms all of their communication and political maneuvering around the whims of said base, no matter how wrong or uninformed that communication or politics happens to be. Harper is of course a shining example of this, but I’m sure it can be applied to any Conservative when they speak against, well, anything that would/could be considered bad by the base. Rob Anders on drug rehabilitation, for example. Any Teabagger Republican anytime they open their mouths (I’m not sure if they are base-whispering, or if they really are as stupid as they seem. It’s a tough call.). Various attacks on unnamed immigrants, especially those of non-European stock. Uninformed screeds about why those Aboriginal peoples just can’t govern themselves. You get the idea.
Of course, this all gets thrust into an uncomfortable light with the claims that Mike Duffy made this week. Specifically:
“It’s not about what you did,” he quoted Harper as saying. “It’s about the perception of what you did that’s been created in the media. The rules are inexplicable to our base.”