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Any politician hoping to win an election would do well to follow the following maxims of political strategy.
“Make sure you have the backing of your family and friends.” “Surround yourself with the right people.” “Call in all favors.” “Build a wide base of support.” “Promise everything to everybody.” “Communication skills are key.” “Don’t leave town.” “Know the weaknesses of your opponents — and exploit them.” “Flatter voters shamelessly.” “Give people hope.”
Those words of advice could easily have been spoken by the campaign managers of either Obama or Romney…and I’m sure they were. But if so, they would only be repeating the advice of a political consultant who wrote those words over 2000 years ago in a book titled How To Win An Election. In 64 BC, Quintus Tullius Cicero was advising his brother, Marcus, who was seeking the highest office in the Roman republic – consul.
Cicero finished off with this bit of political wisdom…
Finally, as regards the Roman masses, be sure to put on a good show. Dignified, yes, but full of the color and spectacle that appeals so much to crowds. It also wouldn’t hurt to remind them of what scoundrels your opponents are and to smear these men at every opportunity with the crimes, sexual scandals, and corruption they have brought on themselves.
I’m sure attack ads worked as well in 64 BC as they do these days.
Oh, and the advice worked. Marcus won that election for Roman consul although it should be noted that he was helped by the fact that his opponent was a wealthy, soulless and self-serving serial liar with the inner convictions of a gnat. Or so I’m told.
Had a request to post a closeup of the Romney bust, so here it is along with a new caption that gets at the heart of who the man is.