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KEY DEFINITIONS & RULES OF THE GAME What is politics?
Part I: What is politics?
Our definition of politics: Politics is: the authoritative allocation of things of value.
What is power? Power is: getting other people to do what you want them to do.
What is authority? Authority is: the legitimate right to use power. (i.e., the decision-maker).
Before next class, identify a recent political dilemma in which you found yourself. Think about what was of value, who was in a position of authority and how you tried to wield power. Be prepared to write about the result. Your assignment:
Part II: Coach Hall’s Rules of Politics
Rule #1 Individual survival/ ambition.
Rule #1 - Example Hillary Clinton recently criticized Obama on foreign policy. “Great nations need organizing principles and “Don’t do stupid stuff” is not an organizing principle.” -- Atlantic Monthly interview, Aug. 10, 2014
Why would Hillary try to distance herself from Obama? Obama job approval Obama foreign policy approval rating Rule #1 - Example
Rule #2 Build/maintain party strength.
Rule #2 - Example Since the 2012 election, many Republican leaders support a path to citizenship for illegals. Hispanic Vote
Rule #3 Make good policy. Important Note: Good POLITICS is one thing. Good POLICY is very often something different.
Part III: Wedge issues
What is a wedge issue? A Wedge Issue is: an issue that unites your party, appeals to independent voters, and divides the opposition.