Niagara Gazette


October 2, 2012

BRADBERRY: Pivot, walk-back and double-down shuffle


Niagara Gazette —

The double down is probably the easiest to spot and the most exciting to watch especially when the initial move, normally in the form of an extremely critical verbal attack supported by neither fact nor the slightest of evidence, is repeated with contrived confidence and raw, brute unsubstantiated certitude.

The shuffle moves, when blended together in a moderated blow by blow cacophony of musical chair like position shifting promises to deliver an evening of delightful enlightenment for those who may be more interested in appearances than in substance; it should be at least as entertaining as the stump speeches we’ve been watching as the campaign draws ever so slowly toward what some predict will be an Apocalyptic conclusion.

Until then, flanked by hoards of loyal consultants, cheering fans, groupies and hardcore roadies the candidates and their tightly wound campaigns are down playing expectations while they sharpen their best political song and dance routines for the judges who, in this contest, are we, the people.

With early and absentee voting already well under way in at least 35 states, the contest is quickly approaching the final stretch; depending on which independent polls you choose to believe, this race could be won or lost by a nose.

Some of the very, very few judges who still have not made up their mind might actually be persuaded one way or the other by the candidates’ performances on the stage tonight.

Others will be moved to make a decision and cast their vote by the apparently all-powerful hypnotic, mind controlling television advertising campaign commercials that seem to run, one after another on every television channel, every radio station and the internet all day, every day for no apparent reason except to brainwash zombies; meanwhile, millions of voters have already, or soon will cast their ballots well ahead of Election Day, Nov. 6.

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