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  •  But the excuse for CT theories not coming true (2+ / 0-)
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    is that conservatives prevented it by going public and exposing Democrats' wicked schemes.

    I wouldn't bother to bet with any of these asshats. Contractual middleman or not, they'll chicken out, quibble, refuse to pay, and threaten your dog as they leave you wasting your breath talking sense.

    For the most part, I think the best way to handle a dyed-in-the-wool rightwinger is to chuckle and walk away.  But if you're willing to go to all that trouble, do it and let us know - it would make a great story!

    "I was a big supporter of waterboarding" - Dick Cheney 2/14/10

    by Bob Love on Tue Oct 30, 2012 at 10:49:00 PM PDT

    •  Let them chicken out. Let them quibble. (4+ / 0-)
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      These behaviors only hurt them, and you still end up with their money if the bet was made enforceable.  And if it was a small bet and they act like that, their behavior is still victory for you.  You can belittle their manhood forever after that.  You can bully the bullies, and bring up their disgrace every time afterward when they try to claim something ridiculous.

      BTW, it doesn't matter how they rationalize their predictions not coming true - they would still lose.  The challenge must be as explicit as possible: If it happens, I pay.  If it doesn't, you pay.  Period.  No bullshit.  No weaseling.  Bully the bullies.

      Voter suppression is treason.

      by Troubadour on Tue Oct 30, 2012 at 10:55:40 PM PDT

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      •  it's a deterrence threat. (4+ / 0-)

        Nuclear brinksmanship with money.  

        Deterrence not only keeps the peace, it can make blowhards look like arseholes.

        Though, it may be helpful to start out with the line, "want to bet on that?"

        This gives them an honorable exit if they really don't gamble at all due to whatever objection they may have to gambling.

        But if they respond, "Yeah, I'll bet on that!", then the game is ON.

        "Minus two votes for the Republican" equals "plus one vote for the Democrat." Arithmetic doesn't care about their feelings either!

        by G2geek on Wed Oct 31, 2012 at 12:28:30 AM PDT

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        •  It's also the reason to only challenge them (3+ / 0-)
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          on matters of documented fact rather than gambling on election outcomes - the point isn't to gamble, but to hold them accountable for being wrong in the only terms many conservatives understand: Money.

          Voter suppression is treason.

          by Troubadour on Wed Oct 31, 2012 at 12:49:57 AM PDT

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