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'Cooling Out' the Voters

true liberal Wrote: Oct 30, 2012 7:32 AM
It is sad how cynical politics really is. People have to wake up and understand that the politician cannot "give" you something unless he can wrestle it away from someone else.
modernmover Wrote: Oct 30, 2012 7:47 AM
and they're not going to "ask" anybody to pay a little more. They will take it from them by force, like they do now.
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...