Politics is practiced in a command & staff model, requiring an agile mind and secure, constructive dialogue. Campaigns recruit and mobilize assets, applying intent to the electorate to reach endstate on exact timelines–an allegory of the operational “art of war”. ADM personal communication, career-related.
Now don’t get me wrong; this is the God’s honest truth, at least in a campaign with money for more than one staffer. Still, this feels stilted in comparison to a more honest quote evincing the likeness between politics and battle:
One of the serious problems in planning the fight against American doctrine is that the Americans do not read their manuals, nor do they feel any obligation to follow their doctrine. Notebook of a Soviet Army lieutenant