In the old Soviet Union, the men in power had a habit of airbrushing the photographs in each new edition of the history books, removing the images of leaders who had been purged from government since the last edition. Often, Western analysts learned more about changes in the Soviet hierarchy not from any official announcements, but from who disappeared from the photos.
The same kind of analysis is still useful today. After the jump, what's missing from the Richardson Coalition PAC's 2013 Voters Guide?
The Richardson Coalition PAC published two editions of its 2013 Voters Guide. One was a "Senior Citizen Edition," which basically was just the regular Voters Guide with a larger font size. The regular Voters Guide was mailed a week later, allowing the PAC to tweak the wording, if they had a mind to. The changes are really so minor that I don't see how they will make a material difference in the election (or any lawsuit that might result from the mailer). The only significant change is the omission of one whole sentence that appeared in the Senior Citizen Edition but is missing from the later regular voters guide.
Here's where the conspiracy theories start. Why was this sentence dropped?If elected mayor, he [Amir Omar] promises to be more "hands on," which we fear would lead to daily micro-management for re-election purposes.
Source: Richardson Coalition PAC.
Maybe because the PAC realized it was counter-productive. Do they really want to imply that their own candidate is a "hands off" elected official? Isn't that just a step away from "asleep at the wheel?" Isn't it even worse than someone who "leads from the back?"
Maybe because the PAC realized that if the only thing they can criticize in a behavior is that they fear it's being done for a bad reason ("for re-election purposes"), then maybe they are over-reaching. And, really, is their own candidate promising to do unpopular things that will hurt her own re-election chances? Hardly.
Maybe because the PAC wanted more space to draw a box around their allegations that Omar has "financial missteps" in his background. But with the smaller font, you'd think they could do that without dropping any text.
So, why did the PAC drop the sentence? Maybe the Richardson Coalition PAC had a change of heart and started removing all of the slanted statements putting the worst possible spin on Amir Omar's record. Maybe this is just the start. Maybe the PAC intends to publish yet another voter's guide, one with all the offending statements removed, one with a fair and balanced presentation of the pros and cons of both candidates, one with a reasoned and defensible argument for endorsing one candidate over the other.
In the immortal words of Theodoric of York, Medieval Barber...
Wait a minute. Perhaps I've been wrong to blindly follow the medical traditions and superstitions of past centuries. Maybe we barbers should test these assumptions analytically, through experimentation and a "scientific method". Maybe this scientific method could be extended to other fields of learning: the natural sciences, art, architecture, navigation. Perhaps I could lead the way to a new age, an age of rebirth, a Renaissance!...Naaaaaahhh!
Source: Saturday Night Live.