There used to be the practice of “separate but equal.” Now we have “close but separate.”
NY Times headline: “Ex-Obama Fund-Raiser Was Close to Illinois Governor, but Kept Ties Separate.”
I presume it’s something like the old practice of bundling. In that case it wasn’t politicians in bed with each other, but young people who were given a chance to have “intimacy without sexual intercourse.”
BTW, the name Obama is in the headline, but the person the headline is talking about is Tony Rezko.