Les's comment on the previous post prompted some reflection.
I've conducted something like ten electoral campaigns. In six of them I was a candidate. A pattern had established itself by then. I could garner about 5% of the statewide vote; roughly half the size of the idiot factor in any election. Of course, the idiots had voted for the other guys.
In the hemp and cannabis issues that appeared on ballots, we got a 38%, a 48% and a 36%. Weed has more electability than Newland. Oh! The irony!
Countless people (okay, somewhat fewer than countless) told me during these campaigns, "We support you." I can't remember a single instance where the words, "We support you," were accompanied by any actual support. If someone really supported either me as a candidate or the issue on which I was working, they gave me money or beer or a sandwich, or, in one case, a nice Walther pistol.
They may as well have been saying, "We're prayin' for ya." The power of "support" is about as effective as the power of "prayer."