For those who heard Newt Gingrich’s post South Carolina primary victory speech and his references to President Obama’s “Saul Alinsky radicalism,” you may have thought this just another of the obscure historical references that pour out of Newt’s head like angry M&Ms. Guess again. Newt is up to something, and the Obama campaign better understand what it is now before it mushrooms and takes hold.
If the name is new to you, Saul Alinsky was a political activist and community organizer of the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s whose methods were adopted by Civil Rights and Vietnam War protesters of the ‘60s. His book, Rules for Radicals, has become a how-to manual for social justice movements throughout the world. And though his name may not ring a bell for most voters under 50, the so-called “Alinsky method” is a lightning rod for paranoid conservatives and the black helicopter crowd.
In constantly citing Alinsky and linking him to Obama’s so-called “radical agenda,” Gingrich is trying to create this year’s Bill Ayers – a radical boogie man who embodies all that is un-American about Barrack Hussein Obama. If the Obama campaign ignores this too long, they will find themselves with a new Jeremiah Wright that they either have to defend or distance themselves from.
Here’s are but a few Alinsky quotes from Rules for Radicals:
“The first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom – Lucifer.”
“The first step in community organization is community disorganization.”
“The Prince was written by Machiavelli for the Haves on how to hold power. Rules for Radicals is written for the Have-Nots on how to take [power] away.”
Now do you understand why Gingrich would spend valuable air time talking about Alinsky during a nationally televised speech?
Gingrich knows exactly what he’s doing. While his previous attempts to brand Obama as an “Kenyan anti-colonialist” fell short (due to the fact that Obama never lived in Kenya and most Americans don’t know what “anti-colonial” means), this new attack is a refined strategy to tar Obama with everything working class conservatives understand and hate.
By tying this folkhero of the radical-liberal-left to President Obama, Gingrich hopes to sweep Occupy Wall Street, the unemployed, labor unions, the poor, blacks, Socialism, Communism, and terrorism all into one big snowball and roll it right at The White House. And that message will be at the heart of his Nixonian southern strategy to win the Republican nomination and take down the Obama Administration.
The only difference is that Newt’s southern strategy is also targeted at the working-class whites and social conservatives of Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Virginia, and the other swing states that will tip the scales in 2012.
The good news is, as a presidential aspirant, Gingrich is still too flawed to pull it off. But it is powerful enough to help him amass a few more primary wins and a lot more delegates, making him a powerful choice for the number two spot on Mitt Romney’s ticket.
And as a vice presidential pitbull candidate, he could just be the next Spiro Agnew.