The faulty vaccines have become the latest lightning rod for widespread, often visceral distrust of China’s medical system, as well as a rebuff to what many Chinese critics see as President Xi Jinping’s bulldozing, top-down rule.
Michelle Obama Seeks Reintroduction
Michelle Obama has become a lightning rod for U.S. Republicans in their attempt to portray the would-be first couple as racially polarizing. In her prime-time speech at the Democratic convention, the Obama campaign sought to humanize a couple that supporters fear may seem distant to many Americans. (Speech)
Blackstone Group, a lightning rod for recent criticism of the private equity industry, has recruited a veteran public-relations executive from Goldman Sachs
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A little advice for would-be machers, pooh-bahs and plutocrats coming to town for the inauguration: If you want to make the proper impression, Thurston, ditch the limo. Go for the Town Car.
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Minister under fire for taking limo to Spain
Ulla Schmidt, Germany's federal heath minister, has had her official limousine stolen in Spain. Leading opposition politicians are now asking why she had the car with her on vacation in the first place.
or pooh-bah n.
- A pompous ostentatious official, especially one who, holding many offices, fulfills none of them.
- A person who holds high office.
[After Pooh-Bah, Lord-High-Everything-Else, a character in The Mikado by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan.]
━━ n. 富豪; 金権政治家.
lightning rod noun [C] US 原意為避雷針， 轉為"被攻擊、批判的替身"：
someone or something that takes all the blame for a situation, although other people or things are responsible too:
In a harsh economic climate, raises for teachers have become a lightning rod for criticism.
- A grounded metal rod placed high on a structure to prevent damage by conducting lightning to the ground.
- One that attracts and absorbs powerful, typically negative feelings and reactions, thereby diverting interest from other issues: “[His] business dealings have become a lightning rod for criticism” (Walter Shapiro).