I found the word, ‘political gold’ in the following sentence of the article of Boston News (August 13) titled “Romney sees gain in ‘Corporations are people’ remark.”
“Romney's response that "corporations are people" to a liberal heckler during an exchange over fiscal policy at the Iowa State Fair immediately lit up the argument The Democratic National Committee jumped on the comment and saw its own political gold in trying to score points against a leading contender for the GOP nomination.”
As I was unfamiliar with the word, ‘Political gold,’ I checked Google and found a couple of examples of the word in use, e.g.
- Kathy Hochul found political gold in Paul Ryan plan. – Buffalo News May 25, 2011
- Belgian stalemate spun into political gold. - Financial Times – April 25, 2011
From the word “Romney sees gain in ‘Corporations are people’ " remark, I can easily guess ‘political gold’ means political gain, advantage or opportunity.
However I wonder whether political gold is a intertwined cliché (or idiom) or just a compound word of ‘political and gold’ that allows application to any other compounds like ‘business gold,’ ‘scientific gold,’ ‘cultural gold,’ or ‘technology gold.’