I think the champion during my lifetime was George H. W. Bush. In 1988 he said, “Read my lips! No new taxes!”At this point he had not violated Reck’s Rule. But he surely set himself up. In 1989 he signed a tax increase. The weak economy and budget problems led to a big political battle with this as the result. Surely the Democrats were toasting themselves over this. Bush may have done the right thing from an executive stand point. (This is open to debate.) But politically he did not manage this well. His political reputation took a big hit and he provided the stick for the hit.
Then there is Reck’s Corollary:
A failed attempt at beating someone with the stick they have provided may have disastrous consequences.
How many times has someone said, “Wow, s/he just said so and so. This will turn things our way for sure.” Maybe not. Donald Trump has high negatives, perhaps due to Reck’s Rule. But Reck’s Corollary explains how it is possible to misjudge the situation. Many of his “outlandish” statements appear to have been calculated, outlandish though they may be. Many voters agreed with Trump and the news media was so busy talking about them they unwittingly gave him priceless publicity. He snatched the big stick back and proceeded to thrash the rest of the field with it.
I reserve the right to refine my definitions and add further theorems, postulates, and other elaborations. This is serious, but in a fun way, which is actually my life.