Some dude at Kos 11 tips on Democrat strategy for winning, I guess!

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    Jim,
    We share similar revulsion for Rove. However, my own feeling is that we have a great deal to learn from him, which we can put to good use. Perhaps you might be able to circulate some of this to people who might actually do so.
    Bill

    It wasn't Iraq.
    It wasn't terrorism.
    It wasn't abortion.
    It wasn't gay marriage.
    It wasn't jobs.

    It wasn't anything real.

    George Bush won because Karl Rove was way better than the Democrats at one simple thing. Managing perception. What is managing perception?

    Let's consider these two examples:

    John Kerry went to Vietnam, saved a man's life and got wounded several times. Somehow, the people of this country perceived of John Kerry as a coward who had never served his country and would not be tough enough as our commander-in-chief in wartime. That's managing perception!

    George Bush avoided going to Vietnam and even avoided serving out his National Guard obligation. Somehow, the people of this country perceived of George Bush as a heroic fighter, experienced military man and a courageous commander-in-chief. That's really managing perception!

    Not just managing the perception people have of YOUR guy, but more importantly, it's managing the perception people have of the other guy!

    In 2004, more people perceived that John Kerry was bad and George Bush was good. Just enough people for George Bush to win the election.

    Which brings us to a cold hard fact: if the Democratic party wants to take back Congress in 2006 and the White House in 2008, they must immediately become as good at or better than Karl Rove at managing perception.

    The good news is, managing perception is not some magic trick that only Karl Rove knows the secret to.

    Managing perception is not even all that difficult once you know the rules and once you've committed yourself and the party to doing it right.

    What are the rules?

    Rule 1: (put a huge star next to this rule)

    Pick ONE individual to head up your election team and give this person TOTAL AUTHORITY to manage any and all advertising messages and perception issues. Whatever he or she says - goes! And no more discussion.

    Example:
    There were twenty nine people in charge of Kerry, including Kerry himself. The public heard twenty nine different viewpoints. The Republicans had one person in charge. Rove. The public heard one viewpoint. Rove's.

    Hint:
    Pick the roughest, toughest, meanest person who has ever created wildly successful advertising/PR campaigns. Make damned sure this person is a real marketer, doesn't take any guff from anybody and is NOT a political stooge.
    Finally, make sure ALL the money flows to this one person and all spending is coordinated through this person alone.


    Rule 2:
    Understand that you are dealing with a target audience that doesn't care enough to learn the real facts regarding the real issues. (I do believe he just called all the people who are Democrats idiots):eek:

    Example:
    The target audience fervently believed that Saddam Hussein was behind the 9/11 attacks and that there WERE weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. (we see this person has NO problem lying)
    Hint:
    Do not try to change this reality. Work with it. The perception they have IS the reality! Take heart! If they are maleable (he's going to turn the women in men, I think) enough to perceive something despite obvious evidence to the contrary, you will be able to make them perceive any number of things!


    Rule 3:
    Come to grips with the fact that the media that services this target audience is already dead set against you. Learn to live with this obvious negative.

    Example:
    Fox News. Official News Channel of the successful invasion of Iraq and media/pr representative for the Swift Boat Veterans For Truth.

    Hint:
    Create a media network that will reach your target. Don't make it left, don't make it right. Work hard to make it entertaining, middle of the road and believable.

    Rule 4:
    When the other side hands you a bone, do not bury the bone! USE IT! The best way to negatively affect the perception of the other side is to use their own bone against them! :huh:

    Example:
    "I voted for it before I voted against it" was a bone Karl Rove shook in our face, perfectly defining Kerry as a "flip-flopper". When Bush said, "I don't think much about Bin Laden", Kerry should have said, "Bin Laden murdered 3000 Americans and will kill more of us and you are too much of a coward to go after him? We avenged Pearl Harbor! Why are we not avenging 9/11, you coward?"

    Hint:
    Cheer up. You missed your chance, but there be more. Rudy already blamed the troops (instead of Bush) for missing the weapons cache. Hey, Mr. Mayor, accept responsibility and SUPPORT our troops, you miserable politician.


    Rule 5:
    Stop playing by Marquis of Queensberry rules. Before you get punched, you punch. Hard. Whenever possible, you punch below the belt. And most importantly, even after they are down, you keep punching. If necessary, you kick them until they are not just down, but dead. (yea that should do it)

    Example:
    George Bush. Cocaine. Alcohol. The National Guard. Deserter. With 40 days to go before the election, there should have been 40 awful revelations about George Bush - one each day, each worse than the one before it.

    Hint:
    Forget spin. The voters we're after don't care about it. If you're worried the other campaign will spin you as being too negative, you've already lost the election. Your job is to do your job, play dirty, punch hard and not care what people think.


    Rule 6:
    No more nuance.
    The target audience not only fails to understand even the most obvious nuance, they actually HATE the idea there even IS a nuance in the first place. (It even sounds French!)
    Nuance - bad. Black and white - good!

    Example:
    "A marriage is a sacred union between a man and a woman" - George Bush. "I'm personally against gay marriage, but I feel the states should decide." - John Kerry (Too Nuanced By Half!!)

    Hint:
    Forget that issues really DO demand nuance, at least until the election is over. So until November, pick a side on each issue and make sure your target audience understands clearly what that side is. And relax. The only people you'll sound like a simpleton to are already voting for you anyway.:eek:


    Rule 7:
    Choose one very clear label for your candidate and never EVER let go of it. Keep hitting it hard until everyone in America knows it is EXACTLY what your candidate stands for.

    Example:
    Bush was the "unwavering commander-in-chief who defeated terror". Kerry was _____. Whatever he was - wasn't bad, but we're still not able to fill in that blank.

    Hint:
    Think of a one word label that your target can quickly grasp. "America, I am the Jobs President!" Don't worry about which label is best. Just choose one and let that be the centerpiece. All other things the candidate talks about will grow out of this one strong position.


    Rule 8:
    Raise as much money as possible and then divide it into two equal piles. One goes to media/adv/pr and the other to recruiting, training and firing up volunteers.

    Example:
    Rove found and motivated volunteers who went where no campaign had gone before - into places where alligators were more likely to vote than people.

    Hint:
    Your volunteers MUST BE a member of your target audience. You need to find volunteers who attend the same church, go to the same stores and who like and dislike the same things your target audience does! Remember, you cannot spend TOO MUCH money or do TOO MUCH demographic homework and research making this happen!


    Rule 9:
    Do not give Rove any help. In other words, do not start with a candidate that puts you in a twenty foot ditch that he will never let you fight your way out of.

    Example:
    There are too many examples from this past election to even get into.
    Hint:
    This one is no walk in the park, but it is not impossible. No obvious liberals. Nobody from the Northeast. Nobody who cannot remain strong and stay firm on issues while tacking to the center in a convincing, spirited way.

    Hint! Hint!
    Bill Richardson. Wesley Clark. Evan Bayh.


    Rule 10:
    Start today. Not later today. Now. Karl Rove has already picked a candidate and crafted a strategy that he is confident will womp your stupid Democratic butt. And make no mistake about it: he has also already dug up tons of dirt on the 20 people you're most likely to nominate.

    Example:
    By the time the Democrats got around to throwing a few punches in 2004, they were defensive punches and way too late. They should have started in December 2000.

    Hint:
    Don't put off your homework for tomorrow morning. Karl Rove isn't. Collect data on whoever they might nominate. Spend some time NOW figuring out how to effectively deal with anybody and everybody they might nominate.


    Rule 11:
    Stop trying to be ATAP, or "All Things To All People". You will fail. There is no way in this great country of ours that you will ever be more than 65% of things to 55% of the people. That's your goal, by the way. You reach it and you own the White House in 2008.

    Example:
    Karl Rove didn't bother with liberals and even most democrats. He went after Republicans and the squishy center and didn't waste any time or money on anybody else. (He also didn't care what everybody else thought of him or his candidate.)

    Hint:
    In 2008, there'll be a lot of people who voted for Bush who are going to be OPEN to a new candidate, IF it's the right candidate and you IF make people perceive it's the right candidate. Work hard to figure out who these people are and what they want to hear. Then go for it.
    :teeth:
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jim-moore/karl-called_b_27280.html
     
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    Again, all this shows is again, liberals are all about perception rather than results. Which is why they cant deal with Republican candidates that focus on delievering results.

    People dont want someone who looks good. They want someone who is actually good
     
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    Now that is just funny. Why don't they just tell the Dems to "act like republicans!"
     
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    Yup, to the Dems elections are all about smoke n' mirrors - hide what we really are, and pretend we have substance on the issues Americans care about.
     
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    I don't think that the article's premise is false so much as it is sad that THAT is what politics have come to.
     
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    Well Democratic politics in this article anyway, and yes pathetic does spring to mind.
     
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    Unfortunately it's not just limited to Democratic politics.
     

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