Friday, March 1, 2013

Obama's Plan to Obliterate the Republican Party

The lefty Saul Alinsky is generally considered to be the founder of modern community organizing. He is often noted for his book Rules for Radicals. In a recent op-ed at Politico, Douglas E. Schoen a former pollster for Bill Clinton and Patrick H. Caddell a former pollster for President Jimmy Carter explain  President Obama is employing Saul Alinsky tactics in the sequestration game and beyond:
"Federal prosecutors will have to close cases and let criminals go,” President Obama said last week, flanked by uniformed firefighters and law-enforcement officers. “Tens of thousands of parents will have to scramble to find child care for their kids.” He went on: “Border Patrol agents will see their hours reduced. FBI agents will be furloughed.”

Scared yet? In his Saturday radio address, the president made clear who was at fault for this impending Armageddon: “Are Republicans in Congress really willing to let these cuts fall on our kids’ schools and mental health care just to protect tax loopholes for corporate jet owners? Are they really willing to slash military health care and the Border Patrol just because they refuse to eliminate tax breaks for big oil companies?”

The president is obviously going all-out — but not to avoid the $85 billion in spending cuts, known as the sequester, set to kick in on Friday. Obama doesn’t want to make a deal with Republicans. His fear-mongering is part of a concerted plan that extends far beyond the sequester crisis: to obliterate the Republican Party as a viable force in American political life.

His self-righteous rhetoric obscures a bitter truth: Obama is not trying to unite the country. He’s waging a class-based battle for political gain. His goal is to win back the House for Democrats in 2014, giving him a united Congress for his last two years in office and allowing him to pursue the most expansive government in American history.

Listening to Obama, an ordinary American might assume that the Republicans were forcing these harsh spending cuts on the president. In fact, they were the president’s idea, part of a compromise to make the 2011 debt-ceiling deal. And as Bob Woodward reminded readers in an op-ed last on Sunday, that agreement did not include the “new revenue” (i.e., tax hikes) that Obama pretends he asked for then: “When the president asks that a substitute for the sequester include not just spending cuts but also new revenue, he is moving the goal posts….that was not the deal he made.”

Obama, then, is not being truthful — nor is he making even minimal efforts to find a compromise with Republicans. It actually made news last week when the White House made a few perfunctory calls to GOP leaders.

So here we are again, stuck in America’s ongoing political groundhog day: Obama makes the same claims, with the same results. Republicans dig in, vow no more compromises, then surrender wholesale. Neither side levels with the American people or speaks to their real anxieties — from rising food and gas prices to chronic and pervasive unemployment.

It seems increasingly clear that Obama’s legacy will not be balancing the budget or bringing together a divided country, but rather, expanding the size and scope of government like no one since Lyndon Johnson — but without the revenue or political support that LBJ enjoyed. In 1965 and 1966, when Johnson was at the peak of his power, he passed major legislation with bipartisan support. Still, he overreached, and eventually he lost his huge majorities. Obama’s overreaching is much worse. He thinks he can do whatever he wants, even without Republicans votes.

Two factors fuel his overconfidence: a visionless, disorganized Republican Party, and a docile, shamelessly partisan media.

Republicans lack an agenda and a message. Even when their instincts are correct, they can’t seem to communicate with the American people. With no competing narrative, they continue to take a drubbing in the court of public opinion as “the party of the rich.”

The media, meanwhile, remain determined to protect the president. Only when they found out, belatedly, that Obama played golf with Tiger Woods did they become angry with the White House for not letting them in on the photo op. They are silent about Obama’s failure to address the nation’s fiscal challenges, his stonewalling on Benghazi, or the refusal of his unqualified Defense nominee to release his records. But a secret golf game with Tiger Woods — that’s beyond the pale.[...]

Obama has brought partisanship to a new low by creating a full-time political advocacy organization — Organizing for Action — funded by secret contributions from corporate elites. OFA’s founding is historically unprecedented. No president has ever affiliated himself with a national organization other than reelection campaigns. Obama has taken the Saul Alinsky organizing vision to a national level.
Note: I am not a fan of the Republican Party. They do just as much evil, when they are in charge as the Democrats. But, it's what Obama would do in the face of an even weaker Republican Party that is the problem. The best we can hope for is logjam, to at least slow some of the evil coming out of the place. Smooth sailing for Obama is not a good idea. The more battling between the two groups of criminals, the less time they have to harass the rest of us.


  1. " obliterate the Republican Party as a viable force in American political life."

    As far as I am concerned, the GOP has already succeeded at that, by their nominees, their House Apparatchik Boehner (sic, should be minus the first e and the h), and by their completely unconscionable behavior at the GOP convention 2012.

    I'm sure you and I agree that we have one party parading as two, and pretending to fight. It's repellent.

    The lies are multidirectional, multi-layered and pervasive. I understand why so many have so much trouble untangling it all, but what I'm stunned by is how many people are intimidated into not trying to untangle it, decipher it, and root out the real problem: the puppetmasters.

  2. Here's what I hope for: (the only hope I have)
    He's (and the Dems) getting enough rope to hang himself.
    Maybe the Republicans should just say: "Look, we're out-gunned here. Let's just abstain from voting, let the Dems do whatever they please, and when it hits the fan remember that we told you so".
    The problem with this is that the public CAN'T remember squat and anyhow, they're on the dole!!
    Well, no hope, really. I found my island, you all better find yours.

  3. it's hardly alinsky levels of deviousness for Barry and his buddies as they are all for big government when the republicans just can't bring themselves to pull the trigger (except when talking about vaginas). In the event that it matters between republicans and democrats in DC where is just a power elite and anyone not considered on message is disposed quickly.

  4. What Obama can't use political manipulation to prevent, however, is the economy collapsing under his watch. And in his second term. It's going to be a hard sell for him to blame it on capitalism and conservatives I think.