Dilbert’s Scott Adams on why he switched to Trump
by Andrea Elizabeth
First let me say that my favorite pundit reaction to Putin’s awesome Christmas party invitation is “he’s playing chess and Obama’s playing checkers”. Trump started the Trump Tower charm offensive luxury party invites. Today the ABC Sunday host invited Donna Brazile and Newt Gingrich to a fancy tea party and it’s the best strategic convo I’ve seen. She loved the fancy teacup and they smiled and shook hands at the end.
Back to Scott Adams and Trump’s strategy:
“5. Pacing and Leading: Trump always takes the extreme position on matters of safety and security for the country, even if those positions are unconstitutional, impractical, evil, or something that the military would refuse to do. Normal people see this as a dangerous situation. Trained persuaders like me see this as something called pacing and leading. Trump “paces” the public – meaning he matches them in their emotional state, and then some. He does that with his extreme responses on immigration, fighting ISIS, stop-and-frisk, etc. Once Trump has established himself as the biggest bad-ass on the topic, he is free to “lead,” which we see him do by softening his deportation stand, limiting his stop-and-frisk comment to Chicago, reversing his first answer on penalties for abortion, and so on. If you are not trained in persuasion, Trump look scary. If you understand pacing and leading, you might see him as the safest candidate who has ever gotten this close to the presidency. That’s how I see him.