You could create a command, which gobbles its argument, such as in the comment here: Control command arguments:
If you just wish to gobble a character, name it so and use it like
which results in Text ).
Another way, shown by Joseph on LaTeX-Community.org is defining an active character for that, such as in this minimal example:
You have to take care of the spacing (blanks before and after) and possible side effects. This environment-way is fine, though again vim might unserstand that it's commented out, unlinke the