G.O.P. Strategy Ala Smudge Pot: Antiwar Is The Wedge!Submitted by Smudge Pot on Tue, 10/01/2013 - 15:29
We're the fringe. No campaign owns us, we have total mobility at all times.
The next elections main issue and central theme? "It's the economy stupid redux". It's gonna be a crowded field, everybody is gonna have a "solution", we know most of what we say goes over a large percentage of heads to begin with and we can predict a fairly partisan handling of the situation in MSM. Predictable.
We of course start winning from the second Rand declares. We're doing pretty good on INTEREST in Rand alone. But our first real battle this time and always, since we became who/what we are (collectively sorry to say), is to penetrate the GOP. As fringe we're in a better position than ever locally. But we have some nuances to address and some real powerful tools to use. And some hella good precedent.
So far we have managed to factionalize the GOP with the "tea party vote". As manufactured, co-opted and bogus as this is in many ways, it's a direct effects of our efforts. It is our CONCEPTUAL PRESENCE IN CONGRESS. And as we see this Johnny-come-lately-ism, as more and more of these clowns attempt to hop on the band wagon (hi Ted Cruz and all the "teaparty" lobbyist groups with your fat hands out), the more we see a fight for the heart and soul of this concept.
THEY SEEK TO LIMIT THE SCOPE OF DIALOG TO ECONOMICS.
Make no mistake, we know that Cruz didn't wake up in the middle of the night with a sudden passion to throw himself before the wheels of the machine, this was a scripted event, the result of backroom deals and CRUZ JUST GOT MARKET TESTED.
That's right, they are market testing an Rand-ternative. They want somebody to split the what?
The "tea party vote". And the vote of liberty-hungry Americans. If we torpedo Ted now they'll just come up with another one.
See, what we have and what they are feeling is we've isolated the old guard and the neocons. The big power interests. We've got 'em in the crosshairs and they know it. And we just pulled apart their old hegemonic echo chamber they spend decades perfecting. And we just screwed up their perfect control of media and message. And we're calling them out from the best possible position: The conservative position.
OK now I got the stage basically set for you. First order of business: fight for heart and sole of "tea party" at the conceptual level. Now how do we do that? How do we do that as fringe?
Maybe pick a defining issue? A litmus test, our own line in the sand? What agenda do we push to further our own interests? What issue binds us to more people across lines than any other?
One word. Antiwar. We call it "non-interventionist foreign policy" which makes perfect sense but the marketer in me is required to inform you that it totally BONES as a tagline. Let's just stick with "anti-war".
"Antiwar" is the new position and wedge. It's how we instantly reach across lines and articulate for a massive and growing consensus in America. It rings from the right, from the left, it's part of our core ideology and now it RESONATES through the military from the bottom up. It's how we define or redefine or restore "conservativism". It's how we win. It's how we define tea party, it's how we chase the pretenders out (their vote history will do the work once we establish the issue) and it ties everything in with it. The military-industrial complex, corporate personhood and "unhealthy foreign alliances" get exposed.
And this is how we coalition-build and help our counterparts on the left spread the message. Previous coalitions with Cindy Sheehan, Cynthia McKinney, Ralph Nader, Dennis Kucinich & etc. were each productive. We demonstrated it's possible even though these people each took flack from their own entrenched idiot ranks for dealing with us. In this way we helped start redefining the democrats. And just as we did with OWC, Occupy Wall Street, by directly engaging with them AT THE STREET LEVEL and on the boards, we both influenced their trajectory while winning many young minds and we exposed the corrupt nature of that "spontaneous movement's" organization. We profoundly effect people with direct contact. We are kind of lovable when you get to know us. Breaking down false barriers is always an objective for us and "antiwar" is our ticket to rooms we would normally be excluded from.
Given the alternatives are "legalize weed, man" and "I want my guns and wood stove", wells, since when do we pick the less ambitious choice?
Bring it down to tactics now?
Glad you asked. Normally a lot of us would be half way to sinking Ted Cruz's swiftboat but I wanna kick back and see who comes out to support him. That's gonna tell us more about who's behind this feint. And it might indicate who they are gonna pick next for a Rand-splitter or co-opted tea party leader. But I'm not too worried. Whoever it is, I hope they eat their Wheaties in the morning and I dearly hope they have lots of support from wife and kids at home because we are gonna beat that person with every blunt media instrument at our disposal.
Cruz is polling well where we've seen him in them. This shows them and us they still have the power to drive a new brand.
Zooming back out to long, I know some old heavy money is testing Jeb Bush for a massive showdown against Hillary. They are more scared of Hillary than they are of us any day. Hillary in office means THEIR BUSINESS INTERESTS GET ATTACKED BY ONE OF THE MOST UNFORGIVING COUPLES IN AMERICAN POLITICAL HISTORY and Billary has steadily been preserving and expanding it's power internationally as well as domestically.
That's right, there's another war going on above our heads. We might ponder on how we exploit that. But don't go too long on that one. We have our battle and we know where our war begins and ends.
Antiwar. Start thinking about how we inject that into every message. Economy and war. Banker bailouts and war. That combination of issues has us right where we want to be and right where we want the fight to be. It's our lever. It's our wedge. And ironically the left doesn't own that space ATM, far from it. Once again we control the moral high ground. We rise above "it's the economy stupid" and "libertarians just wanna keep their money".
Keep thinking thoughts like "with these two messages I can talk to anyone". Yeah I know I make it sound easy but let's hear some ideas.