I was listening to a radio talk show today and someone called in and said, “I used to be a democrat”, but…
Now come on! How any times have I heard that call? How many times have I seen that letter to the editor? It’s the oldest trick in the book. A basic principle of influence is “the actions of similar others,” where people tend to do things because others do. (This is so strong in people that suicides can even work this way.)
Searching for examples of this I came across a post by the great Oliver Willis, in which he writes,
“Ya sort of remind me of the individuals who call programs like C-span’s Wall Street Journal or talk shows and begin their assault on the Democrats with, “I used to be a Democrat…but” … then go on to prove that they have never been a Democrat and are very likely a Republican seminar caller, or a shill for the establishment.”
When you hear someone saying this, you might be encountering a pro. Or at least a trained volunteer.