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'Cooling Out' the Voters

JudithBG Wrote: Oct 30, 2012 11:43 AM
The most dreaded words you'll ever here are: "Hi, I'm from the government and am here to help you."
Account closed Wrote: Oct 30, 2012 11:59 AM
No truer words have ever been spoken
I'm from the government, and we is broken
Confidence men know that their victim -- "the mark" as he has been called -- is eventually going to realize that he has been cheated. But it makes a big difference whether he realizes it immediately, and goes to the police, or realizes it after the confidence man is long gone.

So part of the confidence racket is creating a period of uncertainty, during which the victim is not yet sure of what is happening. This delaying process has been called "cooling out the mark."

The same principle applies in politics. When the accusations that led to the impeachment...