Scene: A child looks like he’s up to mischief.
Dad: If you throw your food on the wall, you won’t be getting that to you wanted.
(Child considers and then throws the food.)
Dad: OK. No toy for you. I’m sorry.
Mom: Hey, let’s go to the mall.
Dad: Let’s not. He’ll throw a tantrum if he sees the toy and I already said he can’t have it.
Mom: But I really want to go to the mall. Let’s just get him the toy and it’ll be fine.
What is your initial reaction? Are the Mom and Dad good at parenting? Is the child spoiled?
Scene: Two states look like they’re up to mischief.
DNP: If you move your primary dates up, we will not seat your delegates or count your primaries.
(States consider and move their primary dates up anyway.)
DNP: OK, I warned you, now your primaries won’t count.
Hillary Clinton: But I really really want their votes!
DNP: OK, we’ll take back our ultimatum and potentially cost the party tens of millions of dollars.
Draw your own conclusions.