November 26, 2007, here on slacktivist: Triple Lindy
What I don’t understand is how the individual people who make up the noise machine handle this logically, intellectually or emotionally.
If you’re completely unprincipled and you don’t care about logical consistency or coherence — if all of politics is just a big game of Fizzbin — then this isn’t a problem and it’s simply a matter of following the latest talking points from the central office: Talking to Syria is now Good. We’ve always been at war with Oceania.
But I would think that at least some of these right wing bloggers and talk radio hosts, and maybe even one or two Fox News readers, are actually true believers sincerely arguing for what they genuinely believe. I can’t imagine it’s easy for them to suddenly have to stop believing X and start believing Not X.
It’s actually even stranger than that — they have to suddenly switch from arguing that Nancy Pelosi is a demon because she believes X to arguing that George Bush is a genius and a patriot because he believes X, all while somehow arguing that Pelosi is still a demon. It’s like the Triple Lindy of cognitive dissonance.
How do they accommodate that? What’s the mental trick? Seriously. I don’t get it.