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Thanks Mr. Alinsky – I think I’ll have another

Much has been written here at RedState about the left’s adherence to Saul Alinsky’s Rule for Radicals. I won’t rehash any of the excellent commentary here, but I would like to take a brief look at two rules that interest me right now. One has been used against the right for decades but is being revisited in this election cycle, and one has been forgotten by the left and could prove to be its undoing.

4. “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules. You can kill them with this, for they can no more obey their own rules than the Christian church can live up to Christianity.”

They have really had their way with us on that one, but it looks like we are in the process of re-writing our own rules. Maybe a Republican candidate for Governor of New York who has forwarded some highly questionable e-mails is preferable to a sitting Democrat who has had multiple extra-marital affairs, and who replaced a Democrat who regularly frequented hookers. Maybe a Senate candidate in Delaware who has had trouble with the IRS – and believe me, plenty of decent people have – is not as bad as a New York congressman who is actively involved in ethics violations, or a D.C. delegate who is caught on voice mail this week shaking down a lobbyist for campaign contributions.

Republicans advised Nixon to resign. Republicans threw Trent Lott under the bus. Republicans chastised their own supporters for saying “Hussein”. Maybe that is over. Maybe all bets are off, and we ourselves can adopt the same “circle the wagons” tactics the Democrats have practiced for so long.

And really, as long as a disgraced, disbarred ex-President who has had highly credible allegations of rape leveled against him and a wife who helped him cover it all up are still rock stars in the Democrat Party, we don’t have a lot to worry about. Hey, they lowered the bar to that point, not us.

12. “The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.”

First of all – were you even aware of this one? I must admit that even though I read it I really didn’t absorb it until recently. Their attack was successful, no doubt about it, but they have utterly and completely failed to follow Rule 12. Their alternatives have been highly and visibly destructive, and the whole country can see it and feel it. All the other rules lead to nothing unless this one is followed, and they have ignored it.

Thanks Mr. Alinsky. You’ve made me feel better now.

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