I once read about a scientist who conducted a social experiment. He stood in a reception line at a formal gathering shaking hands with people. He greeted each person with the same nonsensical statement sandwiched between the standard niceties. No one noticed.
I hate it when a politician is asked a direct, simple question and they not only don't answer it, they use it as an opportunity make an unrelated ear-pleasing, poetic dramatic pointless point. But what I hate more is how most people don't seem to realize it. They jump to their feet applauding wildly and it doesn't cross their minds that they are being manipulated by mere imagery.
And yes, I'm talking about last night's debates. People don't want debates over the issues. They want poetry readings.