On Bringing a Knife to a Gunfight
Bill Maher is fond of accusing Democrats of bringing a knife to a gunfight. Meaning, republicans come to the fight properly armed with what they need to win.
You can read all about it and more on DailyKos.
Democrats aren’t sufficiently prepared to actually win against republicans and therefore need to get some guns! At then the Dems would have a fighting chance.
No, of course not. Democrats have to do much better than beating the republicans at their own game. They need to play a different game altogether.
I get what Bill Maher means but let’s not adopt a losing metaphor. Weaponry metaphors don’t suit democrats. They need something more intellectual, anyway, to change the playing field.
Don’t get better tools for the battlefield. Redefine the rules. Don’t play the same games as Republicans. Play a game you can win.
What is that game?
It has to require intelligence, honesty, and – importantly – a competitive spirit and no willingness to concede.
Yes, change the metaphor to gaming and the Dems may have a chance. Come prepared to win!