Erick Erickson writing at RedState in his morning briefing suggests Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is using the Left’s Alinsky tactics on his fellow Republicans. Erickson begins by likening McConnell’s campaign to discredit the Senate Conservatives Fund to the campaign the Left uses (unsuccessfully) against Rush Limbaugh.
I don’t want to go too far afield, but if you haven’t done so already, a review of Alinsky Rule 13 is in order (click here).
“Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.”
Here is Erickson:
For the last year, the left has engaged in an organized campaign to drive Rush Limbaugh off the air. Knowing they cannot go after Rush Limbaugh directly, the left has launched repeated boycotts against any advertisers who dare advertise while Rush Limbaugh is on. Consequently, some advertisers decided to stop advertising at all on political talk radio, depriving the genre as a whole of resources.
And it still hasn’t hurt Rush Limbaugh.
Mitch McConnell has decided to embrace the same strategy in his war against the Senate Conservatives Fund. He can’t attack the Jim DeMint created Senate Conservatives Fund outright, so instead he will launch an all out war against anyone who does business with the Senate Conservatives Fund.
Specifically McConnell has gone after Jamestown Associates which has created advertising for the Fund and had previously worked for the McConnell-approved Senate Fund (National Senatorial Republican Committee). Here is more news about McConnell’s strong-arming.
The sad reality is that McConnell and his spawn are trying desperately to hold onto their ‘rice bowls’ as the upheaval continues in the Republican Party. Erickson goes on to discuss how satellites in McConnell’s orb make gobs of money from his position as Senate Minority Leader when they spin-off K Street lobbying firms.
Did you know that Mitch McConnell was on such shaky ground? I didn’t. Here is Erickson again:
Outside observers have listed the Kentucky Senate race as a toss up. It does not lean McConnell’s way. This is very important to note. This is very important to understand. The polling in the race is terrible for McConnell. Charitably it breaks even against an empty suit of a Democrat. McConnell has already spent over $6 million. He is the weakest Republican incumbent up for re-election in 2014. Were it another Senator, McConnell would be pressuring him to retire.
And, all this reminds me, sign up for Freedom Works’ Rules for Patriots, I just did. There is no reason Tea Partiers can’t use some of Alinsky’s rules.
One of my personal favorites is this one: ‘Ridicule is man’s most potent political weapon.’ Just ask Jon Stewart! Conservatives would do well to use it more often!
Photo is from this story about McConnell’s attack on Senator Ted Cruz’s strategy.