The best movies are those which help us make sense of the often incomprehensible situations in which we find ourselves in our daily lives…
One such move was 1990’s “The Grifters,” starring John Cusack, Annette Benning and Angelica Houston. The three principal characters are all con-artists, working their scams around various race tracks. Much of the film is devoted to their arguing among themselves who is best at the “long-con,” an elaborate scheme involving many steps and which is aimed at taking all the victims’ money, ideally without them realizing they’ve been scammed.
By contrast, the “short-con” is a one shot deal, meant to relieve the mark of the cash he or she has on them and which so lacks subtlety that they almost immediately know what’s happened. Because the results are paltry and because the trickery or deception is low grade and not particularly clever, the true con-artist rarely stoops to the “short-con.”
Paul Davis, the Democratic candidate for governor of Kansas, is definitely a “short-con” kind of guy. Continue reading