Exhort, v.t. In religious affairs, to put the conscience of another upon the spit and roast it to a nut-brown discomfort.
2005 Update: In political affairs, to insist on the rectitude of convictions the insister doesn't hold. This mode of persuasion was made obsolete by electronic voting.
Once from a soapbox exhorting,
Pols soon learned a method more sporting
Two strawmen now fakin'
That positions they'd taken
And the others' dispositions distorting