How Real People Play Dodgeball
The Republicans are concerned about Donald Trump. Not only could he implode his own campaign, he could take others down with him. And nothing gets the attention of a down-ballot candidate quite like the possibility of being torched by the guy at the top of the ticket.
What to do?
Let’s write a memo.
Yup, that’s the ticket and and here it is.
It is seven pages long but it is a quick read. BTW, the NRSC is the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
Baker really brought out the heavy artillery.
- Trump says what’s on his mind that’s a problem
- Run your own race
- Show your independence
- Turn your biography into a compelling narrative
- Own the future
- Avoid Washington speak
- Line up the citizen narrators or storytellers now
- Story-based messaging allows you to plow new ground and own the field
At this point, I stopped reading and consulted my health insurance policy to determine whether injuries resulting from excessive eye rolling were fully covered.
Is this the best the Republicans can do?
Even the Yale Coalition for Safe Spaces or the Anti-Micro-Aggression Alliance would laugh at them.
Try this Reince Priebus (Head of the Republican National Committee) and Ward Baker.
Hi Don. You are supposed to be a hotshot dealmaker at least that is the way you portray yourself. One of the hallmarks of a good negotiator is having a clear understanding of the cards in his opponent’s hand.
You threaten to bolt and run as an independent. Obviously, it is not necessary to tell us what that would do to our real candidate.
Well Don, here’s what is going to happen if you do that.
As you know, 30 state governors are Republicans. Our party controls even more state legislatures.
Guess who writes the election laws?
Yup, the states write them.
The moment you start a third-party bid, legislation will be introduced in all of those states to keep your name off of the printed ballot. As your advisors will have told you the average voter is barely smart enough to check a box let alone write in the name of the candidate. But we will make it even more difficult by requiring that write-ins be spelled out in Sanskrit, Urdu or an Ethiopian tribal dialect. Written in blood maybe?
That’s the nice thing about having power. You can use it. And we will. Election laws have been manipulated since there have been elections.
You will be crushed. Your reputation for invincibility will be destroyed. Your brand will be worth zero. Most importantly you will be personally humiliated.
You can take your sniveling about fairness up to Yale where a few whimpering students seem to appreciate that kind of thing, but when you deal with the powerful — and we are — you learn how real people play dodgeball.