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Obama’s mastery of political jiu jitsu

Andrew Sullivan in the Sunday Times explains how Obama uses rope-a-dope tactics brilliantly, first against Hillary Clinton, now against McCain.

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They become enraged, attack Obama and then, like the coyote, go flying off the cliff.

  • To be technical, “rope-a-dope” and jiu-jitsu are quite different.

  • Wikipedia

    “In competitive situations other than boxing, rope-a-dope is used to describe strategies in which one party purposely puts itself in what appears to be a losing position, attempting thereby to become the eventual victor.”

    So, maybe it’s a combination. First the rope-a-dope, then the jiu-jitsu of using the opponent’s force against them so they go sailing off the cliff?