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Tactical Assault Project
01/16/05

Announcing the launch of the PoliticalStrategy.org "Tactical Assault Project".

The project will be an ongoing effort to provide a 'handbook' of political tactics being used -- and for use -- in the ongoing battle for political and ideological superiority.

Tactics: Specific actions that you can take to debate, attack, defend or otherwise promote your agenda. They are the actions used to execute or advance the overall strategy or agenda of an organization, political party, or ideology. They can be used at every level of political battle. Some are clever. Some are commonsense. And some are downright despicable. The ones you choose to use are up to you. In any event, your knowledge of such tactics is critical to your ultimate defense and rebuttal of the opposition.

As tutorials and analyses are created, they will be cataloged here for easy reference. A permanent link will be provided in the left column.

The Tactical Assault Project at PoliticalStrategy.org

:: Tactics for Candidates, Political Parties and Organizations
:: Tactics of Grassroots Activism
:: Tactics for Debating
:: Tactics for Destroying Your Opponent
:: Tactics for Hyping Yourself and Your Allies
:: Tactics to Cover Your Ass
:: Tactics for Speeches, Proclamations, and Propaganda
:: Tactics of Philosophy and Mindset
:: Tactics Still Under Construction


:: Tactics for Candidates, Political Parties, Ideologies, and Organizations

  • Buy Your Own Media Outlet
  • Create a Rapid Response Team
  • Choose as Your Spokesperson, a Representative From Your Weakest Demographic
    >>>> (Related Article) Tokenism, It's Not Just For Breakfast Anymore
  • Establish a Political Brand
  • Implement Radical Policy in Baby Steps
  • Recruit Celebrities to Run for Office in the Name of Your Party – "Top 25 Celebrities Turned Politicians: A Reference for Seekers of Truth"
  • Support the Opposition Underdog


    :: Tactics of Grassroots Activism

  • Buy Books, Documentaries, Magazines, etc. That Support Your World View -- and Do it as Soon as it is Released
  • Link 'Good' Words to 'Good' Sources, 'Bad' Words to 'Bad' Sources
  • Use Google News to Promote 'Unreported' News Stories
  • Use Grassroots Campaigns to Prop Agenda-Friendly Books Into the Spotlight


    :: Tactics for Debating

  • Appropriate the Symbols
  • Assert Blatent Lies as a Matter of Opinion
    >>>> (Related Article) Use the "Weasel Word" to Turn Opinion Into Fact
  • Downplay Your Opponents' Rhetoric
    >>>> (Related Article) Hannity and Colmes Downplay Their Opponent's Rhetoric
  • Lie Like a Pro -- Bush, Iraq, al Qaeda and the Art of Lying
  • Outnumber Your Opponent
  • Poo-Poo Your Opponent's Rhetoric
  • Never Concede an Inch to the Opposition
  • Respond with 'Value-Based' Answers (02/16/05)
  • Shift the Burdon of Proof to Your Opponent (05/03/05)
  • Use 'Keywords' To Frame the Debate
  • Watch Your Behavior (3/10/05)


    :: Tactics for Destroying Your Opponent

  • Describe your Opponent with 'Words of Weakness' (2/4/05)
  • Lampoon Your Opponent
  • Sensationalize Opponent's Bad News and Your Good News
  • Set them up to Knock Them Down
  • Use Language That Implies Your Opponent has Done Things Far Worse than What has Been Proven (03/24/05)


    :: Tactics for Hyping Yourself and Your Allies

  • Sensationalize Opponent's Bad News and Your Good News


    :: Tactics to Cover Your Ass

  • Conduct Questionable Behavior in the Name of the US and Label Those Who Criticize that Behavior as 'Unpatriotic'
  • Destroy the Messenger


    :: Tactics for Speeches, Proclamations, and Propaganda

  • "Allow" People to Come to the "Correct" Conclusion (03/29/05)
  • Appeal to the Listeners' Deepest Fears (03/17/05)
  • Ask Questions that Suggest the "Correct Answer" (05/03/05)
  • Claim that Certain Facts are Evidence for the Opposite of What They Actually Support


    :: Tactics of Philosophy and Mindset

  • Be Aggressive
    >>>> (Related Article) Progressives Need to Push Their Message, Not Run Away in the Interest of "Playing it safe"
  • Be Bold


    :: Tactics Still Under Construction

    * Accuse Your Opponent of Being Desperate

    * Accuse Your Opponent of Being Un-American

    * Act Against Your Own Self-Interest

    * Aim For the Stars, Compromise to the Moon

    * Allow Others to Persuade Themselves

    * Always Remain Cool

    * Appeal to the Lowest Common Denominator

    * Appeal to Your Audience's Deepest Fears

    * Appear as Though You Are Not Trying to Persuade

    * Appear Humble

    * Appear Likeable

    * Appear to Present Both Sides of the Issue

    * Ask, "Are You Better Off Now?"

    * Associate Your Opponent With Undesirable Individuals

    * Associate Your Opponent With Unseemly Activity

    * Attach Derogatory Labels to Your Opponent

    * Attack Individuals, Not Institutions

    * Be Aggressive

    * Be Entertaining

    * Be Informed

    * Be Overly Dramatic

    * Be Passionate

    * Be Prepared

    * Be Relentless

    * Be Ruthless

    * Be Thick Skinned

    * Blame Conservatives First

    * Blame the Media

    * Break Down Your Opponent's Attack

    * Build the Audience's Confidence

    * Bury Your Opponent With Accusations

    * Call Your Opponent on the Tricks He Uses

    * Circulate Ideas as Rumors to Gauge Reaction

    * Claim Support From the Masses

    * Claim That Opponent Reaps What They Sow

    * Claim That the World You Want Already Exists

    * Claim That You Have Seen the Light

    * Claim That Your Opponent is Doing What You Are Doing

    * Claim That Your View is Simply "Common Sense"

    * Claim That Your Words Were Taken Out of Context

    * Claim to Be a Member of Your Audience

    * Claim to be a Moderate

    * Claim to Be the "Party of Freedom"

    * Claim Total Nonpartisanship

    * Communicate What "Everyone Knows"

    * Consolidate Your Gains

    * Contrast Your Message With a Similar But Inferior Product

    * Control the Agenda

    * Create a Pundit School

    * Create Dissonance, Offer Resolution

    * Create Granfalloons

    * Create Investigative Organizations

    * Create Irrelevant Associations to the Past

    * Create Rumors

    * Create the Perception That the Situation Has no Solution

    * Create Vivid Images

    * Define "Patriotism"

    * Define the Situation

    * Define Yourself as a Friend

    * Dehumanize the Enemy

    * Demand "Economic Patriotism"

    * Demand Sources and Reasoning

    * Deny, Deny, Deny

    * Destroy Your Opponent's Ability to Fight

    * Disallow Questioning of Your Message

    * Discount Your Opponent's Opinions

    * Discredit the Witness

    * Distort the Intent and Effect of Your Opponent's Plan

    * Distort Your Opponent's Positions

    * Distract the Audience

    * Distract With Technicalities

    * Do Everything in the Name of National Security

    * Don't Accept the Opposition's Argument

    * Don't Appear Radical

    * Don't Attack Those Who Are Undecided

    * Downplay Your Opponent's Counterattack

    * Establish Source Credibility

    * Execute a Multi-Pronged Attack

    * Expose Your Opponent's Ulterior Motive

    * Express Outrage

    * Feign Piousness

    * Fluster Your Opponent

    * Focus on Few Points

    * Frame the Debate

    * Gauge Lashback From Extreme Policy

    * Get Surrogates to do Your Dirty Work

    * Get the Information "Out There"

    * Get Them Started Saying Yes

    * Get To the Point

    * Get Your Foot in the Door

    * Groom Candidates Years in Advance

    * Have a Position on Every Issue

    * Have a Vision

    * Help Them Discover the Hypocrite Within

    * I Scratched Your Back, Now You Scratch Mine

    * If it's Not Good, Call It Good Anyway

    * Immunize Yourself Against Propaganda

    * Imply Falsehoods Without Actually Saying Them

    * Instill Guilt, Offer Resolution

    * Institute "Plausible Deniability"

    * Invoke The Constitution and the Founding Fathers

    * Keep the Message Simple

    * Kiss the Audience's Ass

    * Know Your Audience

    * Label All Adverse Rumors as Baseless

    * Look Your Best Always

    * Lure Them in Slowly

    * Maintain a Consistent Message For Yourself

    * Make an Issue Out of It

    * Make Elections a Popularity Contest

    * Make Issues Appear Black and White

    * Make People Feel That They Are Part of Something Important

    * Make Them Miss the Point

    * Make Yourself Look Good While Hurting Your Opponent

    * Master the Soundbite

    * Never Appear Anti-American

    * Never Appear to Take an Attack Seriously

    * Never Discuss Thing For Which You Were Called to Task

    * Never Let Your Opponent Win

    * Never Remind Them of Your Faults

    * Offer a Reason For Your Requests

    * Personalize the Issues

    * Play to the Audience's Knowledge Level

    * Play to the Audience's Prejudices

    * Position Your Opponent as Undesirable

    * Praise the Audience While Belittling Your Opponent

    * Present Personal Examples

    * Present Testimony From Irrelevant Sources

    * Print Accusation on Page 1, Retraction on Page D47

    * Promote Rumor as Fact

    * Quote Them Out of Context

    * Recruit Wannabes From the Opposition

    * Refer to Well-Placed Sources

    * Relentlessly Repeat Your Message

    * Rephrase Your Opponent's Position in the Most Unflattering Light

    * Say it Works Even if it Doesn't

    * Selectively Ignore Data

    * Set the Bar Low

    * Sidetrack the Debate With Irrelevant Facts

    * Cite Support From the Opposition

    * Speak on Behalf of Respected Entities

    * Spin Poll Data

    * Stay on Message No Matter What

    * Steal Their Thunder

    * Suffocate Undesirable Projects

    * Sum it Up For the Audience

    * Tag Opponent's Actions with Catchy Names

    * Take a Middle-of-the-Road Stance

    * Take the High Ground

    * Tell a Story

    * Treat Hearsay and Conjecture as Fact

    * Trumpet Trivial Differences

    * Undermine Unwanted Policy

    * Use "Perhaps-Therefore" Reasoning

    * Use "Terms of Confidence"

    * Use Glittering Generalities

    * Use Semantics to Draw Sympathy

    * Use Sweeping Generalizations

    * Use Vibrant Images, Slogans and Symbols

    * Wag the Dog

    * Walk the Walk

    * Watch Out For the "Big Lie"

    * Wrap Yourself in the Flag

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