Weiner will pay out for focus groups and polls, trying to find the silver bullet that will put the past back in his pants.
“There is no silver bullet when it comes to this issue,” Panetta told reporters on Monday.
Privately, Democrats admit they also think the tax is a “silver bullet” going into the 2012 elections.
"very effective, almost magical remedy," 1808. The belief in the magical power of silver weapons to conquer foes goes back at least to ancient Greece (e.g. Delphic Oracle's advice to Philip of Macedon).
Any period when people do silly things, esp when these are reported in the news media
[1861+; fr a term designating the months of August and September, when Parliament was not sitting and valid and useful news was scarce, and the newspapers resorted to reporting frivolities and trivialities]