Once a wedge issue that worked to the advantage of the GOP, gay marriage is now seen as benefiting the Democratic Party.
Politicians used 9/11 and the new wars that resulted as a wedge issue to win elections and discredit opponents.
A decade ago, gays were a wedge issue used by Republicans to energize the base.
This year, however, it has become a wedge issue in the presidential contest.
I have criticized the Republicans for trying to make supporting Israel a wedge issue through demagoguery.
In the 1970s, crime was a wedge issue: pushing white urban Democrats away from their black and liberal New Deal allies.
And after 2004, it would be especially gratifying to see gay marriage used as a Democratic wedge issue.
This was also a deliberate attempt to use our project as a wedge issue for the midterm elections.
In recent years, the Republican Party has decided to make Israel a wedge issue.
Now Franken is poised to become that rare politician whose very existence is a wedge issue to be exploited.