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'Cooling Out' the Voters

Mary of MO Wrote: Oct 30, 2012 2:08 AM
Brilliant assessment! I wonder how O's Hollywood friends feel about the video being blamed on the uprising. They don't like to believe that their wares have any ill effect on society, regardless of how violent or depraved they may be. I borrowed the movie "Inglorious Basterds" after the theater shooting in Colorado. When I saw the finale with all those people trapped in a theater and being shot, I had to wonder if the shooter got his idea from that movie.
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...