SHRINK SAYS BIN LADEN’S ‘BUSH AD’ SWUNG ’04 ELECTION
Psychology Today article on “the 9/11 effect” theory: Fearmongering – like the conveniently-timed Osama tape the week before the vote – reinforces “conservatism.” [Don’t know how long the article will be available free online.]
If it was really Bin Laden, that is….
Of course, tape or no tape, they had Ohio and the rest of the country, to the tune of millions of “votes,” in the bag, thanks to all those e-voting machines….
If it was Osama, one wonders if he expected Bush to be defeated, like the Spanish conservative government after the Madrid bombings “by al Qaeda” eight months before, with the winning Socialists there promising to take Spain out of the Iraq “Coalition”? Which of course he was…. Though if so, Bin Laden was unfamiliar with the tradition of fearmongering in U.S. elections….
I have hope in the conclusion of the Psych Today piece: that electoral terrorism may be psychologically overcome by asking voters “to consider carefully and be as rational as possible,” and/or “reminding people that as human beings, the things we have in common eclipse our differences”! “Simply reminding us to use our heads, it turns out, can be enough to make us do it.”
Though their implication is scary, that Americans usually vote their gut rather than in “‘a rational analytic mode, which takes effort and attention.'”