Games, politics, and game metaphors
[ by Charles Cameron — continued from Playing politics and other games, &c ]
I’ve been collecting gams and game metaphors applied to politics in Playing politics and other games, &c, but with additional examples surnning to 20 plus comments, and that particular post vanishing below a sea of more recent posts, it’s time to start afresh — hence this post.
That’s hard to beat, but there are a couple of phrrases I’ve caught in passing..
MTP: “folks have been playing games with their words on this.” ie their attitudes to Trump firing Muellerl
John McLaughlin: “To assure the public there have been no games being played here..”
Chyron on MSNBC: “Blame game?”
New White House security clearance policy could put ‘bull’s eye’ on Kushner
“Alex van der Zwaan wasn’t on anyone’s Bingo card” — Rachel Maddow, 20 Feb 2018
Ari Melber m.06, ouroboros:
“If your bodyguard needs a bodyguard, things are getting heavy; if your lawyer needs a lawyer, things are going down.”
“Starting with that cat-and-mouse game.”
“A rapid set of dominos falling” Chris Hayes, All in, m.16 “A sort of domino effect, Gates tips onto Manafort, Manafor tips onto Trump.”
It’s almost like a chess board, Mueller has a knight, Flynn .. they’re getting very close to check mate.” m.22
Special Counsel Robert Mueller has filed another indictment against Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, listing multiple charges of tax and bank fraud. The editors of The Masthead, The Atlantic’s premium membership program, dove deep into the workings of Manafort’s impact on U.S. politics in their special corruption issue.
February 24th, 2018 at 9:06 pm
And here’s the most complex game metaphor yet, from Nick Akerman on All In with Chris Hayes:
February 28th, 2018 at 6:13 pm
Games, sports, play:
“The Chinese played him like a fiddle.” This one has been used several times, mainly of Donald Trump, though the instance I noted was (I think) about Jr.
“It’s not like a video game, it’s not like a training” — on MSNBC, discusing being under live fire.
‘Donald Trump and the NRA have met their match’: Nicolle Wallace explains ‘savvy’ students have changed gun control debate:
Final version, “scrums”: MSNBC, Ari Melber, transcript:
David Shipler, quoted in McMaster Gives a Belated Russian Lesson:
There’s a delicious verbal spiral in there..
“How far is this from normal?” — to loosely accompany the other MSNBC bit about the distance between the headline and reality — and “close to perfect, but far from normal” (Key West ad)
“This new day is nothing like yesterday, the trails are covered.. ” to go with the snow ad materials, not yet complete.
February 28th, 2018 at 6:30 pm
Full “domino effect” quote from Hardball transcript, 19 Feb 2018:
Two comments from Daily Kos, Threw in a line and Moby Dick came back:
A Fisherman’s tall tale in any case!
Commenting on: 6 Important Details From Fusion GPS’ Secret House Testimony:
“That’s the point of the spear’ Rep Charlie Crist on banning AR-15
Form of interest: Paul Manafort’s Fate Is Sealed:
Plenty of ouroboric materials in there..
And here we have a case of miniaturization, as with Matrioshka dolls:
A commenter on the above wrote:
And for another (I think) ouroboric reference:
Review: Skin in the Game by Nassim Nicholas Taleb — down with the ‘Intellectual Idiots’:
February 28th, 2018 at 6:49 pm
Trump on the qualities he’d look for in teachers doing concealed carry in schools:
See the recursive tweet below re the need for two such teachers!
Sen Nunes on MSNBC: “The Little Engiine that Couldn’t Hat Trick” — “The Little Engiine that Couldn’t” is, I think, American enough — but “hat trick” is pure Cricket, surely?
Blake Hounshell: “Who would cheat for a game they didn’t want to win?”
Chris Matthews: “We’re talking about spy games.”
Kelly and Kushner stuck at an impasse after Trump’s punt on clearance. — punt — American Football, or Rugby?
And for a fine ouroboros, Michael Steel, ex-Chair RNC, inredulous on MSNBC:
Here’s another, with recursion in the tweeter’s comment:
There’s enough recursion there to call for a third teacher, to watch the second, wouldn’t you agree? Indeed, Cheryl Rofer responded most aptly:
And this gets richer:
“Sessions is the President’s punching bag” — MTP
“President bucks his base” — re gun control.
YMCA ad: “How do we get back to ‘us’?” — for the “distances” collection
The inimitable Sarah Kendzior, re-upped from Sept 2016:
“I think the President really did throw a curve ball” — at his meeting re gun reform.
March 2nd, 2018 at 8:48 am
Trump on the qualities he would look for! Oh my heavens, he thinks the people with guns should be the people who have the time and money to hone a “natural talent” like GOLF! That got a laugh out of me. Which of his advisers thought the aftermath of a school shooting was an appropriate time for plug about his golf ability?
But I apologize, that was off-topic. The sport/game language is very interesting. Some potential consequences:
~An “us-them” mentality being reinforced by team imagery
~A lack of gravity in people’s opinions of the topics at hand
~A false comfort from any phrasing that allows one to perceive oneself as the “winner” of a political exchange without having done anything at all
~A spirit of competition, rather than one of actual development or improvement
Potentially, also, using the language of sports and games might make the political realm more accessible or interesting to those who are familiar with the terms but are unfamiliar with politics. This could be either very positive, or used to manipulate the views of those who aren’t really paying close attention.
What struck you about the connection?
March 3rd, 2018 at 4:25 am
Chris Matthews, Hardball 2 March 2018:
Trump’s Chaos Theory for the Oval Office Is Taking Its Toll
If he’s questioned, Trump will get the same legal advice as Aunt Goldie. But will he take it?
Chris Matthews, Hardball, March 2 2018:
John Kelly Jokes (?) That Working for Donald Trump Must Be a Punishment from God
Trump was angry and ‘unglued’ when he started a trade war, officials say
Demoralized West Wing stokes fears over Trump’s capacity to handle a crisis:
‘Pure madness’: Dark days inside the White House as Trump shocks and rages
The Memo: White House reels after week of upheaval
Destroying Jared Kushner: a five-part play
March 3rd, 2018 at 3:11 pm
I think your “spirit of competition, rather than one of actual development or improvement” is really the key here, AnaBeth. Reminds me of my time wih Howard Rheingold, and his emphasis on collaboration:
The key thinker here is Nobelist Elinor Ostrom.
March 4th, 2018 at 3:29 pm
High seas shell game: How a North Korean shipping ruse makes a mockery of sanctions
Marseille (Netflix) Season 2 episode 6:
Manhunt (netflix) Season 1 Episode 4
That last one’s a week one, but I wanted it for “pawn off” — rather than “a pawn in their game”, which I suppose might be either chess or pawnshop talk.
‘Like a pinball machine’: Lawmakers struggle to negotiate with an erratic Trump
Christopher Steele, the Man Behind the Trump Dossier
From the same Jane Mayer piece, here’s a quotable source for Moby Dick:
March 8th, 2018 at 3:54 am
Of the Chinese as “bad actors”: “They’ve often gamed the system”
Katy Tur: “What you’re seeing there is a high wire act”
“dodgier that dodgerball.”
11th hour on special cases, Canada & Mexico: “then the conga-line begins” of all the other countries looking for exceptions..
Neil Katyal re Bin Laden’s driver “It looks so bad. I mean basically, You’ve got Donald Trump acting like a two-bit criminal here. .. You know, I’m a defense lawyer, I love a challenge. I represented Bin Laden’s driver, and let me tell you, Bin Laden’s driver acted with far more integrity at every stage in the investigation than Donald Trump has, so far.”
Ari, on the Rachel Meadow show: “It suggests .. someone .. wants to be on the record in public tonight about this little memory-game, you know, we alll remember the time the President…”
Trump’s meeting with the video game industry to talk gun violence could get ugly:
Wow, and the “millennials to snake people” app has an ouroboros for its logo:
Spy games, MSNBC:
Oh, ah, and Ben Wittes:
This is wargames at the toy level, pure HG Wells. And dominos…
March 9th, 2018 at 5:09 am
Trump Accepts North Korea’s Invitation to Discuss Its Nuclear Program:
“a breathtaking gamble”
Oh, and a MSNBC commentator:
I’ll leave these two to stand alone, since Trump’s decision to meet Kim Jong-Un came so entirely out of left field.
March 9th, 2018 at 4:49 pm
Stormy Daniels beat Trump at his own game
beat Trump at his own game and his own tabloid-warfare game
snooker — “Snooker gained its own identity in 1884 when officer Sir Neville Chamberlain, while stationed in Ooty, devised a set of rules that combined pyramid and life pool. The word “snooker” was a long used military term used to describe inexperienced or first-year personnel.” — Wikipedia
sucker — ??
Discussing Smoot-Hawley and its repercussions:
I tend to forget that “tit-for-tat” is a game theoretic construct, and hhave probably missed dozens of instances of its usage.
On North Korea, Trump gambles from a position of weakness
March 10th, 2018 at 2:32 am
Quite a haul from today’s dialysis session:
Donald Trump, orouboric:
What Will Trump Give Up for Peace with North Korea?
Ambassador Chris Hill:
Lindsey Graham levels existential threat against North Korea if Kim plays Trump:
Will The Real Donald Trump Please Stand Up:
MSNBC to Air ‘This Happened,’ A Look Back at Gary Hart Scandal
Amb. Bill Richardson:
March 10th, 2018 at 3:06 pm
Trump Makes A Mess Of North Korea Talks Hours After Announcing Them
walking back the walk-back
I covered steel 26 years ago. Trump’s solution didn’t work then and won’t now.
playing the charlatan
Myself at Zenpundit, How the hell can Un trump Trump
a seven-node tug-of-war for our planners to map
March 13th, 2018 at 3:08 am
On Hardball, 12 March 2018, Rep Joaquin Castro:
That’s a neat, extended sports metaphor.
March 13th, 2018 at 10:48 pm
Kyle Cheney reports on “sources familiar” with Trey Gowdy’s thinking on Russian interference in favor of Clinton vs Trump:
And how could I have missed the nuclear football:
MSNBC, re the electoral prospects after the Conor Lamb win for the Mid_Terms: “This is still Spring Training”
Phil Elliott (TIME) on 11th Hour 3/14 re Hope Hicks and Keith Schiller:
RUSSIAN OFFICIAL SAYS U.S., U.K. DEVELOPED ‘NOVICHOK’ POISON USED IN SERGEI SKRIPAL ATTACK:
playing with fire
Brian Williams refuting a suggestion from Bill Kristol that perhaps, maybe, Jeff Sessions firing McCabe was a means to save the Mueller probe:
a reverse bank shot
Same program, Jon Meacham re Stormy Daniels case, what the President has done because to him, “this is paintball, this is all paintball”..
March 18th, 2018 at 11:26 pm
From ‘I made Steve Bannon’s psychological warfare tool’– meet the data war whistleblower on Christopher Wylie and Cambridge Analytica:
From Netflix series, Wild, Wild Country, s1 ep 3, about Antelope / Rajneeshpuram — Sunny, of Rajneesh Press Relations:
to play your game.
in this play
What Hope Hicks Knows
If a pawn, then a pawn which has reached the eighth rank and been promoted to queen early in the game — as if before it started.
to play political games
it was small ball —
not a sports ref, but a fine example of a catenary of links.
What Went Wrong in the Stormy Daniels Case
a win-win situation
Ari Melber, The Beat, 19 March:C
Newly Emboldened, Trump Says What He Really Feels
“He’s bulking up”
March 21st, 2018 at 4:06 am
Michael Avenatti with Ari Melber, 3/20/18:
and (The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell 03-20-18 – Avenatti and Melberat the 12 mark):
at the top of their / your game
Ari Melber, the Beat:
cat and mouse game
Trump cCongratulating Putin:
professional wrestling match
U.S., China Sharpen Trade Swords
Apparently it was Abe Lincoln who said — in a spot on example of the importance of ourboric situations:
March 22nd, 2018 at 10:35 pm
Glorious ouroboros at the head of this article on Jordan B Peterson, Why Jordan B Peterson Appeals to Me (And I Am on the Left):
Tanner Greer also has a Peterson piece out today: Jordan Peterson Saves the World
Uber’s Collision, Facebook’s Disgrace [ouroboros]
Chris Matthews, Hardball:
Trump rolls the dice on China trade