In response to:

'Cooling Out' the Voters

Sooner Wrote: Oct 30, 2012 9:10 AM
Excuse me, the punch line should have read "It's not germane". Kind of stepped on my own joke...
Mainstream_American Wrote: Oct 30, 2012 9:15 AM
You probably tilted Allison's small brain if she tries to figure out the term "meta references..."
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...