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

Robert "Bob" Grossfeld has 30 years of experience as an award-winning, political strategist and media consultant. He has twice served as Senior Advisor to Members of Congress, Special Assistant to the Arizona State Senate Majority Leader, and Communications Director at the Arizona Department of Education as well as the Arizona AFL-CIO. He also launched and was the Publisher of the groundbreaking online political paper, 'The Arizona Guardian." He has produced award-winning media campaigns and strategies for ballot measures, candidates for Congress, Legislature, municipal offices, and Native American Tribes. Bob is President of POLITICARE and Founder of The Media Guys
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