Tactics are specific actions that you
can take to debate, attack, defend or otherwise promote your agenda. They
are the actions that support the construction of the policies that ultimately
form the overall strategy or agenda of an organization. These tactics can
be used at every level of political battles, from grassroots to campaign.
Some are clever. Some are commonsense and some are downright despicable.
Which ones you choose to use are up to you. One rule of thumb is to choose
tactics based on your desire to appear as a "likable" person.
Below are 180+ tactics, most of which are awaiting further elaboration.
Nevertheless, the current contents will certainly give you an idea of what
is to come.
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 Listeners to Come to the "Correct" Conclusion
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 to Present Both Sides of the Issue
Ask Questions That Suggest the "Correct Answer"
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 Overly Dramatic
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
Buy Yourself a Media Outlet
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 Investigative Organizations
Create Irrelevant Associations to the Past
Create the Perception That the Situation Has no Solution
Create Vivid Images
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
Fluster Your Opponent