Go Dark

 

A brief note to my Republican friends; go dark.

Seriously.

Stop talking.

The Clinton machine, in all its arrogance and inertia, is careening toward political disaster as the story of her illegal private email servers collides with a Washington and New York press corps that can’t, for once, easily look away. The story has a lot more stink in it than even what’s come to light so far.

Only the GOP and conservatives can save her.

The press is possessed of a boundless desire to Change the Subject right now, and some intemperate remark would fit the bill perfectly. Don’t give them a shiny object. Don’t give them an excuse turn this into “Krazee Republicans Sure Hate Hillary Because She’s A Woman.” For God’s sake, take a deep breath and skip talking about your favorite social issue.

In the next two weeks, try something new; maintain discipline, hold focus, and keep an eye to a bigger objective than your daily press release. Try to play the long game, and help Hillary Clinton self-destruct.

Proceed against Clinton with a measured pace and tone. Don’t make it all about Benghazi or the record-keeping laws. Focus instead on the grave national security risks that her amateur-hour email server shenanigan posed. Do it with the sickly-sweet, sincere tone of “I just want to work in a bipartisan way for good, transparent government… and to protect national security secrets from the Chinese, Russians, and other threats” that the Acela media claims to worship.

Press the sore spots, subtly, but constantly. Use it as way to leverage discussion of the Clinton family’s infamous contempt for the law and remind the public of their their obsessive secrecy, paranoia, and habitual lawbreaking. Wonder, in serious tones, how much of the email traffic has to do with the other scandal that reporters have been desperately trying to cover up: the Clinton Foundation’s scuzzy foreign-money vacuum. Welcome the chance for Mrs. Clinton to give her side of the story in press conferences and hearings.

When you talk to the press, do it in measured tones, and avoid making wild claims about either the substance or political outcomes. Reduce expectations, rather than raise them. Be persistent. Be serious. Be smart.

We’re in a political moment that requires our side to be more mindful than we have a tendency to be. Hillary’s team is trying to run the same playbook they’ve always run; browbeat reporters, and if that doesn’t work, start screaming. If that doesn’t work, start blaming Republicans. They’re good at it, and it’s worked for a long time.

This time, though, this case is unspinnably bad, and even the Clinton-friendly Acela media folks are forced to look into the ugly, seething mass of the Clinton’s behavior. Don’t give them a reason to look away.

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  1. Mickerbob Inactive

    Write this in larger font so they will listen…..PLEASE……

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    • March 5, 2015, at 7:18 PM PDT
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  2. Roberto, Crusty Old Timer Member

    I’ve never liked you Wilson.

    But you know your business. Mrs. Clinton is managing her own destruction quite well, she needs no aid.

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    • March 5, 2015, at 7:23 PM PDT
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  3. Aaron Miller Member

    Agreed, but…

    Too late.

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    • March 5, 2015, at 7:41 PM PDT
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  4. The Reticulator Member

    There is a lot of good advice here, but there is no way Republicans are going to avoid “giving a reason” for the press to behave any differently than it’s going to behave. The press doesn’t need to be given reasons. It can manufacture them as needed.

    But on the good advice, I’d add that it’s silly to be talking non-stop about Hillary’s emails. It’s far from the only reason Hillary is bad for our country, and we shouldn’t stop talking about all the other reasons. One person in my Twitter timeline complained yesterday that Ben Carson took an opportunity to be talk about other issues when we should all be talking about Hillary’s emails. Sigh.

    One problem is that we tend to obsess about one issue until the next outrage comes along, and then we switch to that one. Soon it’s as if the first one never happened. But we should still be talking about Hillary’s emails from the 1990s. We should keep talking about her advisor, Sandy Berger. Bring up these issues as asides, in passing, when lefts are least expecting them. Each time they think they’ve tamped down an issue, bring it up again. It destroys their confidence and shatters their nerves if done right.

    If you have trouble with this, turn off the stupid television and leave it off. Forever. Don’t let it set your agenda.

    Maybe it’s easier for me because I can’t stand the snot-headed intonations and cadences of modern TV news people, anyway. Hearing them talk is like fingernails on a chalkboard. If I hear those sounds, I flee the room. (And sometimes I take more drastic action than that.)

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    • March 5, 2015, at 7:46 PM PDT
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  5. Roberto, Crusty Old Timer Member

    Aaron Miller:Agreed, but…

    Too late.

    Trivial. I am amazed anyone regards this of significance.

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    • March 5, 2015, at 8:13 PM PDT
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  6. Aaron Miller Member

    The danger is never the thing itself (the facts). The danger is the fantasy liberals can construct around the reality… helped along by Republican fecklessness.

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    • March 5, 2015, at 8:33 PM PDT
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  7. KC Mulville Inactive

    Now is not the time to be quiet — yes, be reticent about the email story, but not about the real story: the money. Follow the money. I’d throw every spotlight I can on the foreign money scandal … i.e., the Clinton Connection. It’s a far more serious crime than improper record-keeping, which really doesn’t bother people. But a story about a corrupt foreign money pipeline? That’s a political bombshell, but it also has the added benefit of being exactly what government is supposed to be in business for … to prevent corruption and to promote justice.

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    • March 5, 2015, at 10:12 PM PDT
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  8. DocJay Inactive

    Wild speculation like arming Libyan rebels on the cheap and then having your ambassador killed trying to buy them back is probably too wacky. It’s not like there’s any evidence he was going to funnel those weapons through Turkey to Syrian rebels. It’s not like Clinton can be pinned down as part of the no rescue effort that Panetta and Obama were part of or that Hillary was part of the cover up. No evidence at all.
    But these email issues and the foreign cash are actually being reported. That is a switch. Bet it doesn’t last and not because Ben Carson thinks this way or that way about gay marriage. It won’t last because the media doesn’t want it to last. If Nixon was a democrat his issues would be a mild footnote.

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    • March 5, 2015, at 10:33 PM PDT
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  9. Profile Photo Member

    I do not know how you win a fight without fighting. If your argument is that we are too inept to engage, you must not think much of your own team. I am sick to death of being told that. Keep your own counsel. I will keep mine.

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    • March 5, 2015, at 10:51 PM PDT
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  10. DocJay Inactive

    Insider crooks disgust people. She is a classic one and I, for one, would be in favor of someone claiming she was an alien if I could get some reporter to demand vivisection.

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    • March 5, 2015, at 10:57 PM PDT
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  11. Profile Photo Member

    Docjay my Latin is worthless and weak but doesn’t vivisection mean live cutting? I wonder about the first part of that compound word, whether it could be applied to HILLARY! I have never believed in zombies or the undead before. But I wonder….

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    • March 5, 2015, at 11:13 PM PDT
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  12. PsychLynne Inactive

    Rick
    I love this approach.
    And I thinks the plan of pressing on the broader issues subtly and constantly is quite effective. Yelling louder doesn’t always work except to make us look crazy and shift the focus.

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    • March 6, 2015, at 2:55 AM PDT
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  13. Basil Fawlty Member

    Hillary’s team is trying to run the same playbook they’ve always run; browbeat reporters, and if that doesn’t work, start screaming. If that doesn’t work, start blaming Republicans. They’re good at it, and it’s worked for a long time.

    It’s worked for them, but it won’t work for us?

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    • March 6, 2015, at 4:06 AM PDT
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  14. David Knights Member

    Never interrupt you enemy when he (or she) is making a mistake.-Napoleon

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    • March 6, 2015, at 5:26 AM PDT
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  15. David Knights Member

    Beowulf’s accountant

    I do not know how you win a fight without fighting. If your argument is that we are too inept to engage, you must not think much of your own team. I am sick to death of being told that. Keep your own counsel. I will keep mine.

    To fight and conquer in all our battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting.

    Sun Tzu

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    • March 6, 2015, at 5:31 AM PDT
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  16. Larry Koler Inactive

    Yes, good idea. Go dark and slink around. Hope the media will not notice you. Don’t — whatever you do — fight the media. Try to get on their good side and appease them if you can.

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    • March 6, 2015, at 6:13 AM PDT
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  17. KC Mulville Inactive

    This may be Website Incest, but Hot Air noticed this post and Noah Rothman made some pertinent observations.

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    • March 6, 2015, at 6:18 AM PDT
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  18. Basil Fawlty Member

    For God’s sake, take a deep breath and skip talking about your favorite social issue.

    Should we also skip talking about our favorite economic and foreign policy issues or are those still safe to talk about?

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    • March 6, 2015, at 6:52 AM PDT
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  19. Carey J. Inactive

    Beowulf’s accountant

    I do not know how you win a fight without fighting. If your argument is that we are too inept to engage, you must not think much of your own team. I am sick to death of being told that. Keep your own counsel. I will keep mine.

    The Art of Fighting Without Fighting:

    http://youtu.be/xNToJwKE4F0?t=37s

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    • March 6, 2015, at 7:17 AM PDT
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  20. Brian Watt Member

    KC Mulville:This may be Website Incest, but Hot Air noticed this post and Noah Rothman made some pertinent observations.

    Way to go, Rick!! Sheesh! Now the whole cover is blown.

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    • March 6, 2015, at 7:18 AM PDT
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  21. Pelayo Member

    I think it was Napoleon who stated something like, “Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake”.

    I like the idea of applying subtle pressure here but not killing the golden goose by giving the media a distraction such as “mean Conservatives dog pile on Saint Hillary…”

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    • March 6, 2015, at 7:58 AM PDT
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  22. Rick Wilson Contributor
    Rick Wilson Post author

    Roberto:I’ve never liked you Wilson.

    But you know your business. Mrs. Clinton is managing her own destruction quite well, she needs no aid.

    Well…thanks?

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    • March 6, 2015, at 8:25 AM PDT
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  23. Rick Wilson Contributor
    Rick Wilson Post author

    Carey J.:

    Beowulf’s accountant

    I do not know how you win a fight without fighting. If your argument is that we are too inept to engage, you must not think much of your own team. I am sick to death of being told that. Keep your own counsel. I will keep mine.

    The Art of Fighting Without Fighting:

    You picked the wrong Bruce Lee video!

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    • March 6, 2015, at 8:27 AM PDT
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  24. donald todd Inactive

    While I agree with your suggestion, there are those who will see this as a sign that there is money to be made by soliciting the unsuspecting and the ridiculously intolerant for cash donations. No longer listed as a Republican, I won’t be the beneficiary of those solicitations but I can see them coming from here.

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    • March 6, 2015, at 8:28 AM PDT
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  25. The Reticulator Member

    Basil Fawlty:

    For God’s sake, take a deep breath and skip talking about your favorite social issue.

    Should we also skip talking about our favorite economic and foreign policy issues or are those still safe to talk about?

    All issues are social issues. So no, you have to shut up about your favorite economic and foreign policies issues, too.

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    • March 6, 2015, at 8:29 AM PDT
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  26. Rick Wilson Contributor
    Rick Wilson Post author

    DocJay:Insider crooks disgust people.She is a classic one and I, for one, would be in favor of someone claiming she was an alien if I could get some reporter to demand vivisection.

    The Clinton’s venality and avarice are practically unbounded. It’s a coming issue about which they have no self-awareness.

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    • March 6, 2015, at 8:37 AM PDT
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  27. MikeHs Inactive

    Well, OK, maybe… but the Democrat Media Complex seems pretty capable of latching onto whatever it feels is necessary to obfuscate, distract, tar-and-feather from past, present and even future sources, regardless what conservatives, republicans or libertarians say or do. I only have to see my local newspaper, my local TV news and my Facebook account to know this. They are experts at creating mountains of raging controversies and outrage from a piece of rhetorical lint.

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    • March 6, 2015, at 8:42 AM PDT
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  28. James Gawron Thatcher

    Rick,

    You don’t win by not hitting the other side. I don’t want to see us overreaching or overswinging but I think you are overstating the fear. One of the angles that I have tried to point out that I think we are missing is that this isn’t just any other government agency. This is The State Department. If we are to believe what we have been told she had been conducting the foreign policy of the United States of America out of the trunk of her car!

    How many American Foreign Policies are there??? Obama’s version where he makes treaties without Congress. Mrs. Clinton’s private version that we will never be able to verify or review. This isn’t just Clinton lawlessness this is a massive insult to the United States Government and its Constitution.

    Regards,

    Jim

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    • March 6, 2015, at 10:16 AM PDT
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  29. Frozen Chosen Inactive

    We are still more than 18 months out from the election – best to keep some of our powder dry for when people are actually paying attention.

    PS I would love to debate Hillary – man, that would be fun! Talk about a target rich environment.

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    • March 6, 2015, at 11:40 AM PDT
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  30. DrewInWisconsin, Thought Leader Member

    It’s a great tactic, except that the media has already determined that silence on this topic is a sign of guilt.

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    • March 6, 2015, at 12:15 PM PDT
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