Friday, January 30, 2009

Rush Limbaugh, President Obama, and Saul Alinsky

"You can't just listen to Rush Limbaugh and get things done." - President Barack Obama.

This is what President Obama accurately said earlier in the week. Of course Rush would say that he's not necessarily trying to get things done. With a Democratic Congress and President he'll settle for keeping bad things from getting done. That said it does let Rush play the victimization card, and for his fellow conservatives to play it on his behalf.

David Limbaugh, I suppose, has more of a reason than most to jump into this fray, being Rush's brother and all. And he does so in his latest article, hilariously.
Obama is savvy enough to realize he can't eliminate all dissent. But he's enough of an Alinskyite to know that marginalizing and demonizing his strongest opponents could intimidate the fainthearted into supporting or withholding criticism of his policies and increase his chances for success.

Perhaps Alinsky would couch Obama's strategy in different terms, but it is essentially a divide-and-conquer approach. Make no mistake: The goal is to single Rush out and pick him off.
Poor Rush; the man who's spent decades trying to destroy Democrats at every opportunity is now the subject of Presidential criticism.


Bryant said...

As I went out one morning
To breathe the air around Tom Paine's,
I spied the fairest damsel
That ever did walk in chains.

Anonymous said...

I despise Limbaugh, but I think it would be good to see him run. I think it would bring a real difference in politics. It might spur real change in government as apposed to the lie of change that Obama spewed (no lobbyist in his cabinet and yet has nominated at least 6 as an example). Love him or hate him, someone has started the countdown: