Thursday, August 10, 2006

Cognitive dissonance

Massachusetts Attorney General and Gubernatorial candidate Tom Reilly is currently running an ad that depends, for its effectiveness, on the people of Massachusetts not having the slightest idea, in the aggregate, how the economy works. A brief glance at the current roster of elected officials from the Bay State makes that seem, unfortunately, to be a pretty solid basis.

The ad is promoting, simultaneously, two absolutely contradictory positions.

1) First, he castigates the current Governor (who's not running for re-election) and Lieutenant Governor (who's running to move up) for their record on job creation.

2) That done, he criticizes them for not supporting an increase in the minimum wage, as he does.

Idiotic as it is the ad probably, unfortunately, works...

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