My favorite step is number 7:
Most people believe that the way to get ahead in politics is to do a lot of favors for others so they'll owe you favors when you need help. In fact, people hate to pay back favors -- it makes them feel cheap; anyway, they always think the favor you're cashing in is worth much less than the one you're asking in return. ...Thanks to Will Evans for the tip.
The way to get ahead in politics, in fact, works just the opposite; call it Kozinski's Axiom: Get people to do you small favors and next time they'll owe you big favors. Once people have a stake in your career they start to take pride in your success.