Gingrich winning over the angry mobSubmitted by Dither on Tue, 01/24/2012 - 19:19
I think it's telling that Gingrich is demanding the audiences at future debates be permitted to cheer and applaud at will. He knows the success of his candidacy depends upon his manipulation of the angry mob -- his giving expression to their hatred of the media, of Obama, of the Democrats and of Muslims. Gingrich is a true demagogue. He appeals to the basest instincts of the Republican electorate.
Gingrich knows he can manipulate this angry, stupid mob into cheering for him. More than any other candidate, he is willing to pander, to flatter, to throw them all the red meat they can stomach. You can see his eyes surveying the reaction of the crowd as he speaks. Among the weak-minded, the applause is seen as validation of Gingrich's ideas, and of Gingrich himself. He looks like a winner. They want to be on the winning team. The applause is catching.
When applause is prohibited or restricted, the focus is more on substance. Dead silence follows every answer. This hurts Gingrich. It hurts his ego, and his electability.
Here's an interesting thought experiment. Imagine if there were no debates and no campaign ads, and the candidates themselves were invisible and anonymous to the public at large. Imagine if the voters were given the governing/voting records of these four anonymous candidates, along with their currently stated platforms. Perhaps the personal biographies of the candidates would also be included, to emphasize their experiences (if any) outside of government.
Who would win such an election? Well, duh.
Just goes to show the power of emotion, and the propaganda that plays upon the emotions of the electorate, but never engages them intellectually.