Top 10 Shocking Political Strategies that Worked

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Barry LePatner once said, “Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment.”  This quote defines the top 10 most shocking political strategies that worked listed in this article. I am sure Mitt Romney, Jimmy Carter and Mikhail Gorbachev and others listed here have learned a lesson or two about winning. Top 10 List hopes you did too.


1. Barack Obama – Voter Fraud (alleged)

Barack Obama

Accused of voter fraud

There were many factors that hurt Mitt Romney and favored Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential election and some of them are still speculated to this day. The Democrats portrayed Romney in the worst way possible; as a wealthy, out of touch millionaire who wanted to return women to the 1800s. The Left Wing Media, who sided with Obama, did everything it could to perpetuate that caricature of Romney. Obama’s race was an advantage; voters of all persuasions, particularly minorities, still cannot get over the thought of having the first black president. The 47% of Americans on welfare were predisposed to vote for the food stamp president over Romney, wanting the free goodies to keep on giving, despite the long-term unsustainable downturn.

In spite of the odds, polls indicated that Romney was going to win the election. The economy is now close to Great Depression era conditions, and unemployment is almost as high as when Obama first entered office in 2009. Economic conditions has become so dire after Obama took office it prompted the rise of a new movement, the Tea Party. Presidents rarely win reelection when the economy is this bad!

So how did Romney lose a race that many reputable polls and pundits predicted would be easily won? The most realistic explanation people are thinking of: voter fraud in a few swing states. According to the Columbus Dispatch, one out of every five registered voters in Ohio is not eligible to vote. In at least two counties in Ohio, the number of registered voters exceeded the number of eligible adults who are of voting age. In northwestern Ohio’s Wood County, there are 109 registered voters for every 100 people eligible to vote. An additional 31 of Ohio’s 88 counties have voter registration rates over 90%, which most voting experts regard as suspicious. Obama miraculously won 100% of the vote in 21 districts in Cleveland, and was able to get over 99% of the vote where GOP inspectors were allegedly illegally removed.

No one really knows what happened,. But I am sure Romney’s outrageous comments during debates did not help his case. One comment in particular…”Binder Full of Women.”

You decide for yourself who won this debate on domestic policy.


2.  Boris Yeltsin  – Tropikanka

Boris Yeltsin

As Russians were gearing up to go to the polls in July 1996, Boris Yeltsin was nervous about losing elections. The weather was another reason to panic. With the sun shining and the temperatures quite high, Yeltsin fretted that his city-dwelling supporters would decamp to their country cottages, instead of staying home and voting. Russia’s president needed a way to keep his base from traveling.

His solution? an unusual way to use of soap opera. No show was more popular in Russia than the Brazilian morality soap Tropikanka, which r drew 25 million viewers to the state-owned network ORT. With the election looming, ORT made a surprise announcement: The show’s finale would air as a special triple episode on election day between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. Voters had no other choice but to kill time with voting.

On 31 December 1999, in a surprise announcement, which aired on MSK on Russian television and taped in the morning of the same day, Yeltsin resigned in favor of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who had taken over as acting president. In the speech, Yeltsin asked for forgiveness for what he acknowledged were errors of his rule, and said Russia needed to enter the new century with fresh new political leaders.


3. Jon Gnarr – Screw-You Campaign

John Gnarr
Every Presidential election in the United States, Mickey Mouse gets every few thousand votes. Everyone knows Mickey Mouse cannot be President, but they vote for him as there is no other candidates to vote for as the others are quote and quote “sad and pathetic”.

Same thing happened in Iceland in 2010. Jon Gnarr was the Mickey Mouse for Iceland when he ran for 2010 Reykjavik City Council election under the newly formed “Best Party”, Gnarr promised such ridiculous things as building Disneyland inside the airport, and free towels at all spas in the city, and promised to break all of his campaign promises. Gnarr ran simply as a screw-you to all the rest of the politicians running, and with slogans like “We promise to stop corruption. We’ll carry out this by participating in it openly”. He won!

After Jón became mayor of Reykjavík, it was proposed that the city be nicknamed Gnarrenburg,  as per the title of an earlier television talk show which featuring Jón.


 4. John Dennis – Night of the Living Pelosi:

John Dennis

John Dennis was running for congress and he ran a campaign that highlights the failed policies of Nancy Pelosi and in his ad campaign “Night of the Living Pelosi” he compared Pelosi to a Zombie. Pelosi’s reputation was slightly tarnished, but not to get Dennis in power.




5.  Ronald Reagan – Stealing Jimmy Carter’s Book

Ronald Reagan

In 1980, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan were neck and neck – competing for the role of Presidency of the United States. Because of a third-party candidate, no debates took place until the week before election. Carter prepared by writing his strategy and Q and A responses in a book. But before the debate, the book went missing and somehow wandered into the hands of Reagan (Republican Candidate). So Reagan immediately used a new strategy to use the book to know Carter’s responses and trump them with his famous witty remarks.

The strategy worked. Reagan crushed Carter in the debate and raised his support so much that he won, all thanks to a stolen book.


You decide for yourself who won this monumental Presidential debate

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