Co-opting Your Opponent's Issues
Steve Teles talked about a good idea in a conference here last weekend: the idea of going on one's opponent's issue ground in politics and beating him on his own terms. His paper was on Compassionate Conservatism. Here are perhaps other examples. The paradigm is:
"Liberals say X helps Y, but X actually hurts them."
1. X = Immigration, Y = Mexican-Americans
2. X= the minimum wage, Y = poor people
3. X= easy divorce laws, Y = women
4. X= low penalties for crime, Y = blacks
5. X= unions, Y = workers
We need a good name for this tactic. It is not the same as Co-Opting, really, or Issue Stealing
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