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False Sponsorship

Two things I've been thinking about recently that I've come to understand as being different sides of the same thing:

  • People who strongly advocate a particular candidate for high political office who attempt to console those deeply disturbed by some of the political positions of that candiate by suggesting that they'll lever have congressional support to implement some of their plans - that's a sign of pretty bad judgement
  • People who bring people they believe to be dangerous into a position of power to act as an "icebreaker", believing they can control the person enough to prevent excessive harm while letting them clear out an ineffective or perpetually in-conflict status-quo - that's almost always also a sign of pretty bad judgement
I have seen plenty of instances of both, in a wide variety of contexts.