“No, No! That’s NOT How You Use The Cognitive Dissonance Scale Tactic, You Idiots!”

From Newsweek:

As President Donald Trump attacks House Democrats heading an impeachment inquiry of him, The Democratic Coalition is countering with a new “Impeachment Task Force” studded with liberal celebrities to protect lawmakers seeking to hold Trump “accountable for his betrayal of America.” The task force, designed to lead rapid response to Trump during the impeachment inquiry, has confirmed members including comedian Rosie O’Donnell; actors Tom Arnold, Ron Perlman and George Takei; and actresses Debra Messing and Alyssa Milano, The Democratic Coalition’s co-founder Scott Dworkin told Newsweek. The task force launched a fundraising effort and basic plan on Thursday. The group has already started meeting and is set to go live with its website next week.

Oh, God.

See, the theory behind attaching “celebrities” to political advocacy is to force the adversary target down the cognitive dissonance scale because the celebrities have so much credibility and are so beloved that the target, in this case President Trump, lowers himself on the scale below dimply by opposing such icons, who have daunting positive values. This is Dr. Festinger’s invaluable scale right-side-up….

How many of those named celebrities are on the plus-end of the scale to most Americans, if they are recognized as celebrities at all? Tom Arnold? Rosie O’Donnell?Anyone taking their political, moral, or ethical guidance from these fools and jokers have bigger problems to worry about than impeachment, like not getting their heads stuck in loving cups, or avoiding setting their crotches on fire.

Some questions that come to mind…

1. Who’s missing from that group? To qualify, you would have to have a record of being an opinionated jerk that has completely eclipsed anything you accomplished when you were actually working. Colin Kaepernick, maybe, or is he too popular? Robett de Niro doesn’t qualify because he’s still getting cast.

2. Does this set some kind of record in lack of self-awareness? Who could possibly think a group like this has anything to contribute to any serious issue? How could anyone in that group?

3. What would be an equivalent pro-Trump group? Let’ see…Scott Baio, Kanye West, Dennis Rodman, Rosanne, Bobby Knight. Tom Brady is too popular, unfortunately.

9 thoughts on ““No, No! That’s NOT How You Use The Cognitive Dissonance Scale Tactic, You Idiots!”

  1. They’re basically just going to tweet things, and they’re all relatively rich. What are they raising funds for? Promoted tweets?

  2. It’s always awkward when dumb people think they’re the smartest people in the room. It’s hard to watch.

    This is so 2019. Is it safe to say now that Twitter is the worst thing to ever happen to the human race?

  3. Speaking for myself only, I ascribe very little positive value to any media or political personality with respect to credibility.

    There are a few commenters here that truly shape or reinforce my beliefs because they have obviously have spent considerable time on certain issues. But, having a high credibility coefficient in one area does not mean it translates to all subject matters

  4. If this press release doesn’t confirm this current Ukraine kerfuffle isn’t entirely scripted and proceeding according to a prearranged plan (but careening out of control in most respects), I don’t know what does. The “coalition” will form a “task force” of “liberal celebrities?” If that’s not a bullet point and an action item in an executive summary conclusion, I’m George Clooney. This whole caper’s slip is showing.

  5. The constitution says nothing about impeachment inquiries. Nor does it mention celebrity impeachment task forces. You draft articles of impeachment, vote on them in the House, and try them in the Senate. That’s it, that’s all. Anything else is theater.

    But that’s exactly what they want. They don’t want to impeach Trump, they want to run in 2020 on the platform that Trump must be impeached. The last thing they want is to end up running their rogue’s gallery of radicals against Mike Pence.

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