‘Cooling Out’ the Voters

Confidence men know that their victim — “the mark” as he has been called — is eventually going to realize that he has been cheated. But it makes a big difference whether he realizes it immediately, and goes to the police, or realizes it after the confidence man is long gone.

So part of the confidence racket is creating a period of uncertainty, during which the victim is not yet sure of what is happening. This delaying process has been called “cooling out the mark.”

The same principle applies in politics. When the accusations that led to the impeachment of President Bill Clinton first surfaced, he flatly denied them all. Then, as the months passed, the truth came out — but slowly, bit by bit. One of Clinton’s own White House aides later called it “telling the truth slowly.”

By the time the whole truth came out, it was called “old news,” and the clever phrase now was that we should “move on.”

It was a successful “cooling out” of the public, keeping them in uncertainty so long that, by the time the whole truth came out, there was no longer the same outrage as if the truth had suddenly come out all at once. Without the support of an outraged public, the impeachment of President Clinton fizzled out in the Senate.

We are currently seeing another “cooling out” process, growing out of the terrorist attack on the American consulate in Benghazi on September 11th this year.

The belated release of State Department e-mails shows that the Obama administration knew, while the attack on the American consulate was still underway, that it was a coordinated, armed terrorist attack. They were getting reports from those inside the consulate who were under attack, as well as surveillance pictures from a camera on an American drone overhead.

About an hour before the attack, the scene outside was calm enough for the American ambassador to accompany a Turkish official to the gates of the consulate to say goodbye. This could hardly have happened if there were protesting mobs there.

Why then did both President Obama and U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice keep repeating the story that this was a spontaneous protest riot against an anti-Islamic video in America?

The White House knew the facts — but they knew that the voting public did not.

And it mattered hugely whether the facts became known to the public before or after the election. What the White House needed was a process of “cooling out” the voters, keeping them distracted or in uncertainty as long as possible.

Not only did the Obama administration keep repeating the false story about an anti-Islamic video being the cause of a riot that turned violent, the man who produced that video was tracked down and arrested, creating a media distraction.

All this kept the video story front and center, with the actions and inactions of the Obama administration kept in the background.

The White House had to know that it was only a matter of time before the truth would come out. But time was what mattered, with an election close at hand. The longer they could stretch out the period of distraction and uncertainty — “cooling out” the voters — the better. Once the confidence man in the White House was reelected, it would be politically irrelevant what facts came out.

As the Obama administration’s video story began to slowly unravel, their earlier misstatements were blamed on “the fog of war” that initially obscures many events. But there was no such “fog of war” in this case. The Obama administration knew what was happening while it was happening.

They didn’t know all the details — and we may never know all the details — but they knew enough to know that this was no protest demonstration that got out of hand.

From the time it took office, the Obama administration has sought to suppress the very concept of a “war on terror” or the terrorists’ war on us. The painful farce of calling the Fort Hood murders “workplace violence,” instead of a terrorist attack in our midst, shows how far the Obama administration would go to downplay the dangers of Islamic extremist terrorism.

The killing of Osama bin Laden fed the pretense that the terrorism threat had been beaten. But the terrorists’ attack in Libya exposed that fraud — and required another fraud to try to “cool out” the voters until after election day.

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  • Rifleman

    Something else the clinton administration did, and the msm played along with, was the clintonistas themselves leak a less d*mning version of whatever was about to come out, so when the accurate story came out, it was 'old news' and not as widely reported as the clinton version.

  • Schlomotion

    This article makes a lot of good points. Oligarchical collectivists such as Edward Kennedy were cooling out the mark by supporting Barack Obama in his bid for the Presidency. We have all had four years of confusion and inaction to make it look like the dust has settled from the Neocon Coup that destroyed America as a mighty world power. Now, they are about to wage their second coup with Mitt Romney and subject the United States to more Mexamericanadianism, higher fuel prices, larger disparity in wealth, greater consolidation of the banking cartel, and a War in Iran. Yippie!

    • kevinh

      As compared to what we have now? Higher fuel prices, greater disparity in wealth, tax monies going to strengthen the banks and unions and other hate-America-first cronies, and more wars in the Middle East? We need another Carter and Clinton and Democrats in Congress to help carry on the exodus of industry from the U.S., and keep up with the slide into insolvency like CA has with its Democrat "me first" majority for the last 50 years. Neocon Coup, my eye.

      • Schlomotion

        How many corporations do Carter and Clinton own? In contrast, how many industries fled the United States of their own accord?

        • drbukk

          Clinton's wealth would never come from productive activity like a corporation. His actions on sugar tariffs and quotas devastated the Caribbean and Central America, driving most candy manufacturers out of the US because our sugar costs 10x. Clinton even admits he was wrong to tell Haitians to quit growing sugar, because there was not going to be a US market for it. Another great effect of Clinton is the country changed to corn fructose from cane sugar, and suddenly it was in everything except raw food. The largest change in food ingredients in a century, and probably responsible for the explosion of Type II Diabetes, all this to support a few Florida cane sugar farmers and some Colorado beet farmers who greased his palms. No corporation has EVER harmed the people like Democrats in power.

  • http://www.marcusallensteele.com Marcus Allen Steele

    Having been inspired by Benghazi to write a Fitness Report for the President––as if he were a Marine––I wanted to connect his attributes with his failed leadership. A correlation? You decide. However, in retrospect, I should have added "cooling out." It would have helped his overall evaluation as his administration is doing an "excellent" job. http://bit.ly/W3fmVf

  • Willy Rho

    It is so Worse than That.

    Western Center for Journalism has revealed that they have an inside source in the White House that has revealed a secret plan/agreement between Obama and the Muslim Brotherhood. Obama's PLAN: Obama would draw down the Security at the Consulate in Benghazi and the Muslim Brotherhood would kidnap Ambassador Stevens. As an October surprise, Obama would trade the Blind Sheik for Ambassador Stevens. Knowing this explains all of the strange Actions and Non-actions by Obama and his team.

    Full credit to The Western Center For Journalism – Breaking Story http://www.westernjournalism.com/benghazi-attack-

    You Tube Video describing the Plans to Commit Treason. Failure added quad Murder to the Offense. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFbmP5fW2-A&fe

    The Brave Seals foiled Obama's plan to kidnap Stevens and trade him for the Blind Sheik.
    I will list many of the details which appear insane and incoherent, unless you know the MOTIVE.

    Questions?
    1. Did Obama want to release the Blind Sheik, but had no justifiable reason to do so?
    2. Why were 3 MST and 1 SST security details removed from Libya?
    3. Why did Hillary request/demand more security, but Obama denied more security, several times?
    4. Why were Doherty and Woods told to stand down 3 times?
    5. Why did Obama and his minions watch live video of the attack and not act?
    6. Why was an American Drone flying over the consulate recording video before the attack began?
    7. Predator Drones carry Hell Fire Missiles, why were none fired?
    8. Why were the Seals Lazing a Target, giving away their position and no Hell Fire missiles were fired?
    9. Why did the Muslim Brotherhood try to save Stevens by taking him to a Hospital Emergency Room.
    10. Why did they blame it on a video that no one (only 17 views on YouTube) had ever seen?
    11. Why is Obama Delaying, Obfuscating and Lying?
    12. What happened to Obama's October surprise?

    The Not Known Unknown; a Fly in Obama's Treason Plans; Two Brave American Heroes, Navy Seals.
    They should both receive, posthumously the Presidential Medal of Freedom, given by Mitt Romney.

    All of the pieces of the puzzle fit.
    Complicit to Murder, Treason, High crimes and Misdemeanors.

    A hanging offense.

    • drbukk

      Why did the FBI wait three weeks to inspect the facility and run back home after just 12 hours? Ordinary Libyans had been strolling in and out like tourists, and helping themselves to paintings on the wall, FCS. CNN found the diary of Stevens 3 days after the attack. Why have we not re-established military control of our American soil in Benghazi?

  • Willy Rho

    And Yes he hates the USA and Liberty and is such a psychopath he would do that.

    • amused

      Uh oh ! another wingnut just ran out of prozac .

      • Mary Sue

        prozac is for depression. You're thinking of Xanax.

  • riverboatbill

    Court Martial this Caliph-in-Chief.

  • mlcblog

    Another insightful and illuminating column from Mr. Sowell.

  • Ghostwriter

    I've got a feeling that the more we learn,the more outrage will build.

  • http://www.facebook.com/marvin.fox.526 Marvin Fox

    The fog of war excuse and the when was Obama told is the same lame maneuver. As many have pointed out, there was no fog of war. The facts of the attack on the embassy at Benghazi were well understood and received with multiple displays of information as they happened. Those Administration's personnel in the White House Situation Room were required, probably by law, to notify the President immediately of anything important that occurred. That is the purpose of having a White House Situation Room. If the supervising personnel didn't perform the basic functions required of them by their presence in the facility, they were guilty of dereliction of duty. If Obama did not perform the functions required of him after receiving the information, he was guilty of dereliction of duty. The seriousness of dereliction is like any other legal problem, it depends on the causes and results of the dereliction. There must be an immediate independent investigation of this matter to determine criminal actions or the lack thereof.
    Marvin Fox

  • fanlad

    Fraud, Treason, Betrayal, Coverup , and Lying from the White House, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Department of Defense, The state department, The CIA, and others. This is the biggest "cooling out" of the American people in our current history. Fire THEM ALL!
    The Blood of four Murdered Americans Screams out for true Justice, and goes wanting because of a complicit main stream media, that will not do their jobs. Fox news is one exception. Wake up America. God help us, and may God Bless Tyrone Woods, Glen Doherty, and their families and all others that serve with true Honor and true Integrity in and out of uniform.