Prize fighting as a metaphor for the 2008 Presidential Campaign. The strategy of rope-a-dope was used by Muhammad Ali to defeat a heavily favored George Foreman in Zaire in 1974.
"The rope-a-dope is performed by a boxer assuming a protected stance, in Ali's classic pose, lying against the ropes, and allowing his opponent to hit him, in the hope that the opponent will become tired and make mistakes which the boxer can exploit in a counter attack. 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." Wikipedia