goat-rope
 n.— «It remains to be seen if this will be a real investigation, or just a C.Y.A. goat-rope.» —“Re: Laser Focus on Economy” by wdh@grouper.mkt.csd.harris.com (W. David Higgins) Usenet: alt.president.clinton May 18, 1993. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)