Yeah, of course, the attractive woman has no brains, I know.
Actually, Amanda's look was more like when you tell someone what you think is a good idea and they just go OFF on you about it. If you don't agree with them, there are basically only two options- look bamboozled by the whole thing, or start a fight over it.
Let me be the first to point out that Cirie would still be around, able to work her postmerge magic, if she had simply agreed to vote out Candice. Part of any strategy is knowing when to attack your enemy and when to wait. She should have known that a 3-3 split gave EVERYONE a chance to attack her or anyone else in her alliance. By losing her balance and so forcibly defending Candice, she sent a clear shot across JT's bow while leaving herself vulnerable to attack at the same time. Not good strategy.
Instead of playing her "control from the shadows" game, Cirie put herself out there as the strategical leader of her alliance. By doing so, she invited attack from whoever wanted that role for themselves. In her interviews, including her final words, Cirie made it clear that she knew JT was vying for that position. Obviously, as noted above, she erred by giving him the exact chance he needed to replace her. I think she probably knew that immediately after her torch was snuffed.
Yeah, her past performances made her a target already, but Tom, JT and Amanda aren't? Cirie made the target in neon and said, "Come shoot me."
Cirie started playing her game too soon. She should have waited. Hindsight's a byotch though.