The citizens’ real question is: Can I trust this political leader to manage this change for the common, rather than, for his or her own good?
This is why an opportunistic politician will avoid seeing Joe Citizen in a group, face-to-face format at any costs. People are fair judges of a shyster individually but become much better when accompanied by someone they trust (ie. spouse, neighbour, relative).
The goal is the pretense or appearance of listening while moving the hidden agenda along.
Leaders who have chosen to breach their oath of office will often: do everything they can to have as few citizens show up via minimum in notice giving, schedule with a short timeframe and awkward times and venues, switch media outlets that are not read by the relevant citizens, cut off questions ruthlessly, tell open misrepresentations, use their charisma to intimidate peers so as to give the appearance of a group action, refuse paper copies of power point presentations that could be reviewed by trusted relatives, and feint helplessness in the face of false protagonist, with which he or she is secretly in league.
Opportunism is the conscious policy and practice of taking selfish advantage of circumstances, with little regard for principles. Opportunist actions are expedient actions guided primarily by self-interested motives. The term can be applied to individuals, groups, organizations, styles, behaviours, and trends. Opportunism or “opportunistic behavior” is an important concept in such fields as biology, transaction cost economics, game theory, ethics, psychology, sociology and politics.
In the individual, the telltale signs of opportunism are: self-interest with deceit.
— Body Language entry at Wikpedia