Call it delusion. Not surprising, though, that delusion might set in.
When you are flooded with large sums of special-interest money to wage a quick and aggressive media campaign, aimed at deceiving and confusing people to stir a reactive vote, you really need to get so embroiled in the campaign that you will lose touch with reality.
In Santa Monica, when the dust settled, here is what the Yes on D/No on LC campaign had to say via their spokesperson, Christian Fry:
So, here, the pro-airport side is accusing the pro-resident side of deceiving voters and creating confusion. Really?
For what it is worth (and probably not a lot, but I’ll share this trivial, self-accumulated wisdom anyway), when a person makes a charge about another person, they have to understand that charge. That is to say, a person who has never practiced (or been victimized by) deception and confusion would not even be capable of charging someone else with this offense. It would be beyond their personal comprehension, just like an innocent young child could not possibly comprehend war or murder or theft.
On the other hand, a person who wages these battles of confusion and deception, such as a professional lobbyist, would easily ‘rebound’ from a clear and resounding loss by saying ‘hey, we almost won’ and ‘the other side cheated’.
Let’s just call it ‘Delusion’ and leave it at that. And let’s hope FAA works constructively with Santa Monica to make the best use of the airport acreage for the residents of Santa Monica, sooner, not later.