The Politics of Annoyance

As a longtime political observer and consultant I’ve decided that most voters are so overwhelmed by their lives that they simply don’t have much time left for politics.

They are being inundated with common everyday annoyances that politicians are ignoring. The politicians, of course, want to campaign on “issues,” many of which are disconnected from people before the first spin line is spoken.

So, the politics of annoyance.

I’ve found that everyone can name several with the least bit of prompting — usually its a “what annoys you?”

And if the politicians were to get really smart, they’d start including these in their speeches.

Here’s a few:

  • Packaging that has grown increasingly difficult to open.
  • Slow drivers who think the “Slow drivers move to right lane” signs are about someone else.
  • Electronics power cords and transformers that are all different.
  • Automobile advertising that lists fuel efficiency as highway miles per gallon, not city mpg where most of our driving is done.
  • 3 or 4 people walking in a row down the sidewalk.
  • People who wait in line at Starbucks then don’t know what they want when they get their turn to order.
  • Trees that are just the right height.
  • Flies.
  • Drivers who don’t use their blinkers.
  • Playing the same TV commercial over and over again within the same program.
  • TV commercials.
  • Politicians who can’t answer a question by saying “yes,” “no,” or “I don’t know.”
  • “Balanced” reporting when one side is clearly not telling the truth.
  • OCD football refs.
Feel free to add to the list.





About Bob Grossfeld

Bob is a longtime political & public affairs strategist. Based in Phoenix, AZ he spends a great deal of his time doing guerrilla therapy for his fellow Arizonans before they succumb to the state's lunacy. The media calls on him frequently to help explain Arizona politics with a straight face.
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