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View Diary: Pure 190 Proof Schadenfreude! Nov. 5th 'ROMNEY WILL WIN' (167 comments)

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    wrong. People who didn't like the prediction will be glad and you'll be prompted to try again to do "better next time."

    Besides that, FOX is addressing a fan base. Fans are attracted to winners in whose success they can share by associating themselves, basking in reflected glory. Fans are not going to the polls to vote for losers. They don't go to movies on opening night. They go for a box office hit, a sure thing. That's why promoters spend so much effort on promotion to create the aura of success. The selling of Willard was just that, a promotion. But then, his whole life has been a promotion -- a series of "up and out" endeavors by people trying to get rid of him by sending him up with golden parachutes. Poor Willard. This time he was persuaded to "go for the gold" in Washington, rather than Salt Lake City or Beacon Hill.
    Our Schadenfreude has to be tempered by the fact that Willard feels nothing. He runs on instinct, which we refer to as "feelings" but he doesn't actually feel in a tactile sense. Indeed, that may be what is missing, his sense of touch. His hands, and perhaps even his feet, don't provide the normal feedback that makes people feel in touch, grounded and knowing where they are stepping. That may even account for why his walk is so awkward.

    We organize governments to provide benefits and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 02:02:05 AM PST

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