05 December 2006

Two-Party Game of political 'Chutzpah'

The political chutzpah game is similar to the old practical joke, “slap the bald guy”: Two buddies in the movie theater [c.f., dark theater: a country where truth is censored] target a bald burly guy [the politically ignorant Joe Public] sitting in the row in front of them.

First guy, Mike, bets his buddy, Jack, that he can smack the muscleman on the head and get away with it. Mike then proceeds to deliver a noisy slap, while blurting in a chummy voice, "you old fraud, haven't seen you for months, where have you been hiding?" And before the bald guy, filled with tear, fear and rage, has had a chance to recover from the shock, Mike apologizes profusely for making what is obviously an "awful mistake." The bald guy, visibly shaken and upset, yet unable to retaliate due to the circumstances, just wants to be left alone to get on with the movie. So he quitely moves to another seat.

Jack, having lost the first bet, decides to recover his money and some. Doubling the stake, he bets Mike that he, too, can hit the bald guy and go scot-free. Jack then walks to the bald man's new seat and smacks him hard on the head: "you son of a gunn, we've been missing you. Where in the heck have you been? My buddy, back there, just smacked some poor guy on the head thinking it was you. Oh shit man, I'm so..."

And the two-party chutzpah game of slapping the bald guy on the head continues…

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