Stupid Politician Tricks

Cato the Elder3/27/2010 1:01:24 pm PDT

re: #222 SanFranciscoZionist

My dear, as Walter points out, these are in general well-known political tactics, used by right and left time out of mind, and easily identified as being currently used by the wingnut fringe against the Obama administration. (Possibly due to the wingnut fringe’s odd elevation of poor old Saul Alinsky.)

But my question remains—where did you get the idea that this book was still, in any way, influential among ‘leftists’, let alone the Democratic party? Do you really think that Barack Obama refers to Alinsky? Bill Clinton? Nancy Pelosi? Claire McCaskill? Barbara Boxer?

Crap. Of course not. Alinsky cribbed it all from Machiavelli. All Saul did was cut the beautiful, fancy prose and make “The Prince” digestible for simpler minds.

Whatever one thinks of the people you mention, none of them are stupid. They would go straight to the source. And Machiavelli is required reading in many colleges and universities.

Alinsky is just a convenient fixation for the right.