“The party distances itself”

Meanwhile BJP has distanced itself from the statement made by Hegde. Karnataka BJP spokesperson, S. Prakash said that whatever Hegde said were his personal views and in no way reflected the party’s ideology.

“If he is being attacked, he has to defend himself on his own,” he said.

This is not a BJP thing — every party comes up with such statements (earlier in the week, the Congress “distanced itself” from P Chidambaram’s belated epiphany in re Afzal Guru, for instance).

I’ve always wondered about this “party distancing” business. How do you do it, exactly? Move to another corner of the room, like you do at a cocktail party when someone is being particularly obnoxious?