What to call pseudo-supportive opponents?
January 14, 2010 11:19 AM Subscribe
Is there a term to describe people who claim to support an idea in theory, but argue that the specific implementation is poor, when in reality they oppose the idea but don't want to admit it?
posted by ambrosia to Writing & Language (18 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I'm involved with a grassroots organization advocating a major infrastructure project. Many times we encounter people who claim to support the idea of the project but "want it done right" or want "responsible design" when the changes they are demanding are of questionable benefit and would add billions of dollars to the price tag, and could well kill the project altogether. In many cases we know some of the individuals and know that they have been opposed to the project from the beginning. Some of the opposition is NIMBY in origin, some of the opposition is from anti-tax groups. In either case, I'm looking for a term to describe this disingenuous ("I support the idea but not the implementation") stance.
A humorous term would be ideal, but I'm open to all suggestions.