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Heavy-Handed Politics

"€œGod willing, with the force of God behind it, we shall soon experience a world
without the United States and Zionism."€ -- Iran President Ahmadi-Nejad

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Point for Palin

By Jack Kelly:
The Obama administration has a playbook, too. It's "Rules for Radicals," written in 1971 by Chicago Marxist Saul Alinsky, the godfather of community organizing.

Mr. Obama's aides have faithfully followed those rules, in particular his rule number 13 under tactics: "Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, polarize it. Don't try to attack abstract corporations or bureaucracies. Identify a responsible individual. Ignore attempts to shift or spread the blame."

The main job of the community organizer, Mr. Alinsky said, is to bait an opponent into reacting.

"The enemy properly goaded and guided in his reaction will be your major strength," Mr. Alinsky wrote.

Following Mr. Alinsky's tactics has worked well for Mr. Obama. But unfortunately for him, Sarah Palin — arguably the principal target of rule number 13 — has read the book, too.

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