There seems to be an inherent human belief that, given sufficient audience, anyone can convince a majority of almost any position. It’s the reason you have any number of pundits claiming that President Obama needs only to talk more and more kindly to the American people and the Republican-controlled House in order to get his agenda passed.
The truth is that Obama could probably have George Washington pop out of a time machine in the Rose Garden to tell the press why he believes in the Obama agenda, and the opposition still wouldn’t budge.
Yet, the “green lantern” theory, or Aaron Sorkin syndrome, was on full display with the Wendy Davis filibuster in Texas. [cont.]
Harry Enten, The Guardian