Sounds like a particularly apt word for a politician to me also!
From the Dictionary of Nautical, University, Gypsy and Other Vulgar Tongues first published in 1859.
Quockerwodger: a wooden toy figure, which, when pulled by a string, jerks its limbs about. The term is used in a slang sense to signify a pseudo-politician, one whose strings of action are pulled by somebody else. West.
( I think I’ve got a new name for congressmen. It sounds even more insulting than it is. Let’s bring this one back!)