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  •  Good diary. (6+ / 0-)

    Thank you.

    In my experience, the more aggressive and in- your-face a person is, the more you need to be concerned about what he is telling you.

    Last night, someone posted that they tell their daughter to always look people in the eye and ranted on for a while about that.

    I drafted a response, but then deleted it because I didn't want to anger someone who was already ranting, and I certainly didn't want to make anything personal. But when someone is in your face, aggressive and not acting at all like their usual selves, like Romney was last night, engaging them is usually the worst strategy because it escalates things.

    For the president, he would be perceived as the angry black man and not presidential. In real life, however, it's often dangerous for someone (especially a woman) to engage someone in that sort of situation.

    I wanted to suggest to this parent that it's not always a great idea to look people in the eye. Heck, forget about humans: it's a great way to get bit by a fearful or angry dog.

    But I didn't because even online, it's often best to diffuse a situation.

    So yes, your diary is accurate. When someone is flinging around crap, the best approach is to step aside. When someone throws punches, step aside or duck.

    Mitt Romney has a lifetime of being a bully behind him. He knows what works for him, and it HAS worked for him. But he hasn't met many people like Barack Obama.

    Let's see how this plays out. All of my money (and yes, that includes donations made today) is on the President.

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    by grover on Thu Oct 04, 2012 at 05:54:00 PM PDT

    •  This is what Republicans have been doing (0+ / 0-)

      for decades.  It should surprise no one.


      by keeplaughing on Thu Oct 04, 2012 at 06:38:40 PM PDT

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    •  There are also certain "tells" (0+ / 0-)

      Like contradicting themselves beyond life's little contradictions, or 'truth be told' too often, or maybe you are letting them get away with something that would be ok in isolation.

      The problem is, it's often tough to realize these people swindled you of your time until you've walked away, and it's not worth holding a grudge against that in your heart, so these people get to double-dip.

      Yeah, "Look you in the eye" is not a good way to judge things, because sometimes people are shy, or they need to close their eyes and say what you mean. And if someone's shouting someone else down, and saying "Look me in the eye...why can't you..." double ick. I hate these power games. Romney played them well last night, but Obama is no fool, and Romney probably knows he can't play the same game twice.

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