Well, the election is over. And I think we've all learned a little. ... And anybody who foolishly had any idealism left has learned a lot
. (Welcome to the ranks of bitter cynics!)
How did Bush win
election? It's all about effective campaigning. And how do you do that? Well, I'm going to teach you. Welcome to Silverhill's Guide to Winning an Election You Really, Really Didn't Deserve to Win
The first step to winning the election is to remember important principles. Real estate agents have one: location, location, location. Policiticians have three. (But we'll still repeat each one three times because it's more fun that way.) Capitalize, capitalize, capitalize.
That means anything you can use to your benefit, you should use. It doesn't matter whether it's a national tragedy or an endorsement from a guy who plays a squirrel on a local children's TV show. Use it. Remember to have your people complain about the famous rock star who is endorsing your opponent. Then seize on the opportunity when a famous pitcher endorses you.Spin, spin, spin.
This is closely tied in to capitalize, capitalize, capitalize, but it applies to things that don't automatically work out to your benefit. It takes some effort, but with spin, spin, spin, any negative can be turned into a positive. It also works a similar way with characterizing your opponent. With appropriate spin (billiard players call it "English"), any positive can be turned into a negative. Take a look at the 2002 defeat of Max Cleland for an example or if you are still confused (though spin shouldn't be a foreign concept if you have an ounce of political awareness).Lie, lie, lie.
Here's a helpful thing to know: It's almost impossible for a public official (i.e. your opponent) to win a libel or slander suit. That means you can tell as many lies about him as you want, and there's not much he can do. Make sure you tell the lie in as public a place as possible (at a major rally or on TV) and the retraction/apology in as private a place as possible (at a tiny rally or to your dog). Another helpful thing to know: Many (if not most) people will believe you and not bother to question the lie or seek outside verification. (Have I mentioned how much you should love voter gullibility? Well, you should. It's really awesome.)
With these three principles in mind, how does one go about winning an election? More important, how does one go about winning the election when one (note: by "one" I mean "you," but "one" sounds more scholarly) got a first term under spurious circumstances, had a major national tragedy happen, turned a nice surplus into a massive deficit and got the country involved in an unjustified war? What if one is far less intelligent than one's opponent and dodged the war in Vietnam while one's opponent served heroically? Don't worry! It's still possible to win. Just apply the three principles in more specific ways. To help, here are some examples of capitalize, capitalize, capitalize and spin, spin, spin and lie, lie, lie in use:Helpful hints:
1. Have a national tragedy (a terrorist attack is fabulous) happen on your watch. Comfort the nation. People will love you for it. Then remind them as often as possible
of how wonderfully comforting you were. This is a big one, so make sure you capitalize on it a lot. (It's worth a hell of a lot more than celebrity endorsements.)
2. The word "family" belongs to you now. That means you and your supporters are pro-family and your opponent and his supporters are anti-family. (After all, who wants to be anti-family?)
3. "Patriot" and "patriotism." You own those words, too. And your opponent is unpatriotic. (Again, see Max Cleland case.)
4. "Puppies" and "kittens." Hey, why not? In fact, I think I saw your opponent kicking a puppy.
5. As a correlary to #3
, you now own the American Flag, too. Congratulations!
6. Find a group of people who will tell nasty lies about your opponent (and his service in Vietnam or anything else you want). Pretend like you don't know who they are (innocent whistling is good) -- but do not denounce them (very important). Have the group keep saying bad things about your opponent, even after the bad stuff has been proven to be lies. This works because the original accusations were printed on 1A of the newspaper, and the story about the accusations being false was printed at the bottom of 9A (and nobody reads that far in a newspaper).
7. Your inferior intelligence does not have to be a weakness. Just turn it into a lovable trademark! And joke about it. Even better, spin it into you being just a regular guy of average intelligence. (Most regular guys with average intelligence didn't go to Yale, but they didn't have your dad.) Make sure that your opponent comes across as pretentious and egotistical. Play up the regular guy
stupidity. People will vote for you because you are just like them. You represent them. Your opponent probably reads The New Yorker
instead of People
! He has no chance of connecting with the average voter. Also, when it comes time for the debates, he will look like a bully who's picking on someone weaker. Plus, when you manage to complete a sentence in the third debate, everyone will cheer your amazing victory.
8. Your opponent wants to raise taxes and you want to cut them. It doesn't matter whether this is not true. It also doesn't matter whether you want to cut taxes only for billionaires and not for the average voter whom you are trying to
woo with the promise of cut taxes. Just keep repeating the mantra, "My opponent wants to raise taxes, but I want to cut them."
9. When it comes to the economy, there are lots of numbers. Some of them will work for you! More jobs lost than in any other administration? Don't worry! Pull out the numbers that explain there are now more jobs than there were before. Do not under any circumstances
explain that this number comes from single mothers who are working three part-time jobs now instead of one full-time job. Three more jobs than before! Must be economic growth!
10. Be really religious. Even if you aren't religious, you should proclaim how religious you are. Religion=morality. That means you're a good person. Also, using the Bible is an excellent way to run the country. Screw the First Amendment! Most people will love your pro-Christian government. Yeah, the ACLU might try to sue you, but they always lose. Haha! Losers!
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