Rules for Right-Wing Radicals?

Instapundit highlighted this quote from an article on why the Left lost the healthcare debate:
"The group collectively lamented that the Right discovered Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals.” “It’s kind of scary! They have learned all of the tricks,” said Sue Esty, the assistant director of American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees Maryland."

Two thoughts on this....

1) This of course is just more proof that what the left has been portraying all along (esp with the Unions) as 'Grassroots' have been "tricks", e.g. Astroturf.

2) Insomuch as the Right has discovered "Rules for Radicals", is has been mostly to finally understand the Left's gameplan, and not to use to formulate their own tactics. The high-level organization and coordination of the Tea Party movement has been somewhat minimal, unlike the coordinated political theater of the Left. Perhaps that, and other tactics, will change as "Rules for Radicals" is read for the first time by many on the Right. But for now, the "tricks" remain on the Left. One can almost see the Trial Lawyers gearing their patent infringement lawsuits now....

1 comment:

Larry Sheldon said...

Right wing radicals?

Radical -- Favoring revolutionary changes in current practices, conditions, or institutions: radical political views.

Right Wing -- The conservative and reactionary half of the political spectrum.

(ripped from google-references shamelessly)

So. Are we talking about the left of the right, or the right of the left?