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Thread by @machineiv: "I now want to write a Democrat's Guide to Sun Tzu. Featuring gems like, "If your enemy looks insurmountable, politely ask them to stop thems […]" #DemocratSunTzu

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I now want to write a Democrat's Guide to Sun Tzu. Featuring gems like, "If your enemy looks insurmountable, politely ask them to stop themselves from attacking. Then when they don't, claim you're in it for the long game." #DemocratSunTzu
"The true path to victory requires throwing immigrant children under the bus, then still categorically losing exactly as badly as if you hadn't thrown immigrant children under the bus."

#DemocratSunTzu
"If you have a supermajority and can pass powerful legislation which would save millions of lives and guarantee success for years to come, the real success is eschewing that power and creating something terrible that's easily dismantled by your successor."

#DemocratSunTzu
"Instead of battling from a high ground, first lower yourself to your enemy's level. Not just will you reduce your chance of success, but you also will let down all the people who relied on your victory for their continued safety."

#DemocratSunTzu
"If the people tell you they're unwilling to eat shit, offer them shit in a pretty package. Therein lies the sure path to victory."

#DemocratSunTzu
"When you fail, repeat the thing that made you fail. When you fail again, repeat the thing that made you fail again. True political mastery lies not in the win, but in explaining why the loss was not your fault."

#DemocratSunTzu
"Always remember, a loss, followed by a loss, followed by a win, followed by a loss, followed by another loss is still technically a win to your base."

#DemocratSunTzu
"To win is amateur. To lose, then claim those who defeated you were on your team all along, is the truest victory."

#DemocratSunTzu
"Do not assume that this time they'll pull the football away. Instead, understand that the past is the past, and that this time they'll let you kick it."

#DemocratSunTzu
"In the short-term, political victory looks tempting. However, the real honor is being able to snidely say, 'But her emails' for the next sixteen years."

#DemocratSunTzu
“If the people want water, give them 99 parts water, one part bleach. When they refuse, shame them because you have them 99% of their platform.”

#DemocratSunTzu
“If the opponent gives an inch, give him a foot. If he gives another inch, give him another foot. If he demands another foot, give him two.”

#DemocratSunTzu
"In democracy, one person is one vote. And for this reason, it's important to remember that one lobbyist is more important than one million voters. Wars are won not by passions, but by mathematics."

#DemocratSunTzu
"Give a man a fish, and he'll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, you'll feed him for a lifetime. Ask a man how much money he's making, compare it to a complex rubric, then arbitrarily determine if he deserves to starve, and you'll guarantee his vote for life."

#DemocratSunTzu
"If your primary opponent fought for Civil Rights, paint him as a disgusting sexist and racist. If your general opponent is a rapist endorsed by the KKK, paint him as biased toward black people and women. This is the path to victory."

#DemocratSunTzu
"Remember, that political rally numbers do not win elections. Nor do electoral college victories. Only the popular vote wins the day."

#DemocratSunTzu
"If your enemy gives you the sword, give him your throat. If he slices your throat, you can smugly gurgle with your last breaths that your enemy is a murderer."

#DemocratSunTzu
"Using immigrant children's lives to make yourself look better is not racist. Strangers using the word 'corncob,' however, is tantamount to genocide. Remember these truths if you wish for true victory."

#DemocratSunTzu
"Always remember that allies are two-faced. The biggest ally, and the most two-faced is polling data. When polling data says you're winning, you're truly winning. When polling data says you're losing, you're also truly winning. Be not deterred."

#DemocratSunTzu
"If a poll says that a generic Democrat performs better than any named Democrat, that means every named Democrat is performing beyond expectations, and that the path forward is indeed the same as the path backward."

#DemocratSunTzu
"If your supporters demand you move forward, instead walk toward the right in a circle. Tell them that, technically, the entire time you were walking forward even though you ended up in the same place you started."

#DemocratSunTzu
"When moving to the right, you can expect to gain two moderate votes for every progressive vote lost. When you lose two more moderate votes and four progressive votes, that's a clear message that you've not moved far enough to the right."

#DemocratSunTzu
"If they do not vote for you, call them childish, racist, and sexist when you lose. Only then can you truly guarantee their votes in four years."

#DemocratSunTzu
"Standing up for minorities is a losing proposition—they owe you their votes. It's strategically wise to instead chase and pander to Ronald Reagan voters; a dying constituency that's proven to not vote for you time and again."

#DemocratSunTzu
"If a voter demands healthcare to stay alive, hiring healthcare industry lobbyists to run your campaign guarantees you'll have every vote they cast for the rest of their life."

#DemocratSunTzu
"If you do bad things and are caught, it's not your fault. Pass blame to the person who spoke out about the bad things you did, for they are solely responsible when you lose. That is the same as having the moral high ground. That is superior to victory."

#DemocratSunTzu
"The people you've killed would have never voted for you anyway. For this reason, it's unimportant to consider who you kill, since it will in no way influence the vote."

#DemocratSunTzu
"Pointing out that the enemy's actions are bad optics is just as good as trying to stop them."

#DemocratSunTzu
"The only thing that can stop a bad bloodthirsty warlord set on conquest is a good bloodthirsty warlord set on conquest."

#DemocratSunTzu
“Being beaten by the most hated candidate in history isn’t a sign you’re doing the wrong thing. It’s a sign that you’re not repeatedly doing the right thing enough times.”

#DemocratSunTzu
“If your opponents run a man who has killed five people, do not run someone who hasn’t murdered. Indeed, run someone who has murdered four people and insist you are his moral superior.”

#DemocratSunTzu
"You cannot campaign Wisconsin into voting for you. If you wish for the Wisconsin vote, the only strategy is to gaslight them into thinking their pain is invalid."

#DemocratSunTzu
You may think that the real threat to victory is 35 million opposition voters, and 50 million non-voters. But the true warrior recognizes that a Russian Youtube account with 60 followers is the greatest threat to your victory."

#DemocratSunTzu
"Instead of offering to meaningfully help with your constituents' material pain, ask them to describe their pain with emojis. This makes you one of them, and thus guarantees their votes."

#DemocratSunTzu
"If you're accused of being out of touch with the average voter, the best way to counter that point is a rousing speech by a member of a wealthy political dynasty that's held office constantly for over 70 years."

#DemocratSunTzu

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