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'Cooling Out' the Voters

Tony3575 Wrote: Oct 31, 2012 9:12 AM
An off-shoot of the Clinton scandals was this tactic. When the awful truth finally comes out, Slick would "accept responsibility." Then, the narrative was: I've accepted responsibility, and we need to move on. Ergo, if anything else is made of it, the blame belongs to everyone else but His Slickness. Zero has learned that lesson from The Master well.
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...