1. a member of a criminal organization or syndicate who serves as an adviser to the leader
2. a trusted adviser, especially in a criminal organization
“Is this a wake-up call to Washington?” NBC’s David Gregory asked Sen. John Kerry on “Meet the Press,” referring to the S&P downgrade.
“Well, it’s a partial wake-up call. I believe this is, without question, the ‘tea party’ downgrade.”
…Over on the other channel, at least President Obama’s political consigliere, David Axelrod, waited for a while before getting to the same talking point: “The fact of the matter is that this is essentially a tea party downgrade. The tea party brought us to the brink of a default,” he explained on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
(Los Angeles Times, Wake Up And Smell the Tea)
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