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what does "political pyrotechnics"mean?

 

【Mayor Earle Cabell had been elected on the Democratic ticket, which, in the Alice-in-Wonderland of local Republican oratory, made him "the Socialist Mayor of Dallas." But that was just political pyrotechnics.】

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    You can rewrite the sentence like this: Mayor Earle Cabell had been elected on the Democratic ticket, which, in the Alice-in-Wonderland[ fantasy] of local Republican oratory,[ speeches] made him "the Socialist Mayor of Dallas." [ socialism was not practised by the mayor, so it is greatly exaggerated description of him]
    But that was just political pyrotechnics.[ But that was just political fireworks designed to inflame others]

     

    pyrotechnics = fireworks

    Pyrotechnics don't necessarily HAVE to be fireworks. They're essentially any sort of flashy, fire-based entertainment, ranging from fireworks to spark cannons at rock concerts. They're supposed to enthrall and distract people with all the pretty lights and colors.

    Putting it together with "political" makes it a metaphor. "Political pyrotechnics" basically means "Political rhetoric designed explicitly to mesmerize viewers with flashy, obnoxious behavior." It's a poet's way of saying that the Republican orators are lying jackasses who are trying to manipulate people with fear tactics.

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