10/21/2009

"Marginalize most powerful critics"

Even Politico couldn't be much more clear. This is straight out of Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals. It is surprising and disappointing that Politico doesn't mention the Alinsky's influence.

President Obama is working systematically to marginalize the most powerful forces behind the Republican Party, setting loose top White House officials to undermine conservatives in the media, business and lobbying worlds.

With a series of private meetings and public taunts, the White House has targeted the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the biggest-spending pro-business lobbying group in the country; Rush Limbaugh, the country’s most-listened-to conservative commentator; and now, with a new volley of combative rhetoric in recent days, the insurance industry, Wall Street executives and Fox News.

Obama aides are using their powerful White House platform, combined with techniques honed in the 2008 campaign, to cast some of the most powerful adversaries as out of the mainstream and their criticism as unworthy of serious discussion.

Press secretary Robert Gibbs has mocked Limbaugh from the White House press room podium. White House aides limited access to the Chamber and made top adviser Valerie Jarrett available to reporters to disparage the group. Everyone from White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel to White House Communications Director Anita Dunn has piled on Fox News by contending it’s not a legitimate news operation.

All of the techniques are harnessed to a larger purpose: to marginalize not only the individual person or organization but also some of the most important policy and publicity allies of the national Republican Party. . . . .

So is the strategy working? White House officials point to a new ABC News/Washington Post poll to argue the answer is emphatically yes. Only 20 percent of those surveyed identified themselves as Republicans, the lowest in 26 years of asking the question.

As bad as that number is, the news about independents is arguably worse. A staggering 83 percent of all independents surveyed said they don’t trust Republicans to make the right decisions.
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NOTE: I don't believe these last poll numbers, but the administration obviously has no problem pointing to them and Politico also doesn't mind using them uncritically. Hugh Hewitt has a useful discussion of the poll numbers here.

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5 Comments:

Blogger Angela said...

So, he will negotiate with the Taliban but not Americans?

10/21/2009 10:13 AM  
Blogger Harry Schell said...

Well, they can't win on the facts, so they have to play a game that hides the facts any way possible,: lie, impeach the source, lie some more. Focus people on the wrong questions.

That these are marxists running plays from Alinsky, Lenin and the rest is more obvious by the day.

It is a race to do the dirty work before people really figure out what is happening. Time is their enemy. Once the fix is in, it will be much harder to undo.

10/21/2009 10:14 AM  
Blogger skeptic5 said...

Hugh Hewitt has a post today that pretty well demolishes the polling numbers quoted. http://www.hughhewitt.com/blog/g/fc91d291-1e4a-4559-a2dd-3951c171bfab

10/21/2009 12:53 PM  
Blogger Radio Babylon said...

i would be one of those independents that dont trust republicans to make the right decisions, and it doesnt have a damn thing to do with obama or his current tactics. i dont trust the democrats to make the right decisions either. neither party has the best interests of the american people in mind. they both stopped being public servants a long time ago, and it my mind, its time to do away with them BOTH and replace them with a party that IS interested in a constitutional government.

10/21/2009 1:07 PM  
Blogger Chas said...

"He who makes enemies list, makes enemies."

10/21/2009 2:00 PM  

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