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  •  I thought all of this was simply an old Karl Rove (5+ / 0-)

    strategy. In other words, it's more dynamic than "projection." It's deliberate. Certainly sometimes it's projection. (And by the way, I love the concept: it goes back to Jung, and I loved his stuff.)

    Allied with this is the idea of "attacking your opponent's strength." Obama is trusted by women? (A strength.) Simply say that he can't be trusted. Make it up. John Kerry was a hero? No he wasn't, he was a phony.

    In other words, these tactics may be more than "unconscious."

    But hey, a well-put together essay with good marshaling of arguments.  

    "They come, they come To build a wall between us We know they won't win."--Crowded House, "Don't Dream It's Over."

    by Wildthumb on Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 09:28:22 PM PST

    •  True (6+ / 0-)

      this was a Rovian tactic. And some are certainly deliberate. But I think maybe ol' Mittens may have been subconsciously torpedoing his own campaign.... a moot point now, I know.

      Thanks for reading!

      Thank your stars you're not that way/Turn your back and walk away/Don't even pause and ask them why/Turn around and say 'goodbye'/Just wish them well.....

      by Purple Priestess on Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 09:38:21 PM PST

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      •  You could certainly make the case that Mittens (5+ / 0-)

        could have sabotaged his own candidacy because of what his son recently said, remember? I'm paraphrasing: "He wanted to be president the least of anybody I've ever seen."
        So unconsciously putting stuff in his own way might follow.

        I once took a course in psychohistory in college in which we went over all sorts of fascinating stuff about a big variety of historical figures, including Martin Luther, Rousseau, Goethe, etc. etc. Obviously psychoanalyzing "from afar" is dicey, but it sure made for interesting discussions.

        "They come, they come To build a wall between us We know they won't win."--Crowded House, "Don't Dream It's Over."

        by Wildthumb on Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 09:48:06 PM PST

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        •  It sure does. (4+ / 0-)

          When I read that about Romney - that he didn't really want to be POTUS - a lot of what he did began to make some sense. Self-destructive behavior. Whether consciously or sub is something we may never know.

          Thank your stars you're not that way/Turn your back and walk away/Don't even pause and ask them why/Turn around and say 'goodbye'/Just wish them well.....

          by Purple Priestess on Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 09:53:08 PM PST

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          •  It totally makes sense b/c (1+ / 0-)
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            however stupidly he campaigned, even Rmoney isn't stupid enough to NOT have realized all the problems he'd have to deal with as POTUS.

            And he is a lazy, entitled idiot.  Who doesn't like to work.

            Governing is difficult.  Raking in the profits from your investments is easy.  Which one would an entitled asshole like Rmoney prefer?

            To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

            by Youffraita on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 12:06:52 AM PST

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            •  Yeah, but OTOH, there's that thing about status, (1+ / 0-)
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              prestige, and cachet. Rich people like that stuff a lot, too.

              "They come, they come To build a wall between us We know they won't win."--Crowded House, "Don't Dream It's Over."

              by Wildthumb on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 10:03:38 AM PST

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              •  Too true (0+ / 0-)

                But I think he's lost his chance at the presidency twice...and Americans typically reject loser candidates.

                So he can run again and lose again in 2016...and in 2020...but it will cost him (and his gazillionaire minions) a whole buncha bundles...and he's still gonna lose.

                Because he's a loser.

                To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

                by Youffraita on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 08:18:48 PM PST

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