by Jack Reeves
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Rep. Anthony Weiner's (D) confession conference exemplifies cognitive dissonance resolution. Republicans should learn.
Weiner, whom I admired, did meltdown to try to resolve the dissonance (the disturbing clash) between his honorable, good self and his dishonorable, bad self. Resolution, he hopes, is confessing and repenting. Instructive.
Politicians tend to keep these spheres separate. Such, for example, enables opposing taxation while ignoring that two American wars are fought on borrowed money. Add, opposing raising the national debt to pay for the wars.
Too many politicians avoid dealing with cognitive dissonance. This can be pathological. And dangerous.
Yet we keep electing those who, like the Queen of Hearts, can "believe six impossible things before breakfast"--and don't have to deal with the consequences of these beliefs...until a Weiner moment.