Open/Close All Con-op is a word coined by political activist David W. Blomstrom in May 2016 to describe an individual who is an example of controlled opposition (aka fake leaders). For example, one could say Bernie Sanders is a con-op.Note the similarity to the word con artist. Related Resources, Notes, Links, etc. Notes Confused? Visitors interested in really understanding politics are strongly encouraged to explore the series Politix 101.