One of the funniest things about today’s breed of political reactionaries is their paranoid demonization of legendary community organizer Saul Alinsky (above), who’s been dead for lo these 40 years.
Never mind that latter-day disciples of Alinsky’s work include more than a few conservative activists, even some Tea Party leaders.
Never mind that former Republican House Majority Leader Dick Armey approvingly passes around copies of Alinsky’s book “Rules For Radicals” (see HERE).
Never mind that Alinsky was a recipient of the Pacem in Terris Peace and Freedom Award, which was inspired by Pope John XXIII. (Another recipient was that notorious troublemaker Mother Teresa.)
Never mind that John Mitovich, president of the Rockford Area Chamber of Commerce in the early 1970s, extolled Alinsky’s organizing techniques.
No, none of that matters to the rightist crazies who see the ghost of Alinsky as a bogeyman who stalks the land even today, mainly in the person of Barack Obama.
If you Google the names “Obama” and “Alinsky,” you get nearly 3 million results, many of which are fraught with right-wing heebie-jeebies.
And now, the legacy of Andrew Breitbart, the conservative activist who died last week (HERE), is about to be invoked in the form of a pseudo-scandal exposing new evidence of Obama’s close ties to Alinsky.
Charles Johnson gives us a sneak preview HERE:
The earth-shattering scoop that will blow this baby wide open can now be revealed: 14 years ago Obama attended a play in Chicago.
Yes! A play!
The subject of this nefarious play: the dreaded Saul Alinsky.
UPDATE: The Breitbart stuff is HERE. (Brace yourself. It’s a stunner.)
UPDATE II: Uh-oh! The scandal widens!
This picture of Alinsky shaking hands with George Romney, Mitt’s father, has been unearthed: