Today’s American Spectator has a spot-on article by Quin Hillyer.
In the piece, “Saul Alinsky Takes the White House,” Hillyer argues that conservatives optimistic that their favorite politicians will be back in power in 2010 or 2012 are dreaming. The new breed of liberal uses the tactics described by the leftist Machiavelli, Saul Alinsky, in Rules for Radicals:
Conservatives may not realize just how difficult it might be to recover from this week’s elections.
The day after the big defeat, the conservative chatter everywhere was about how the “movement” and the Republican Party (two different things) could finally unshackle themselves from the bad old habits that brought them down, and about how the ability to draw a sharp contrast with the Obama/Pelosi/Reid triumvirate would allow us to focus attention, rally the faithful, and re-storm the castle in 2010 and 2012.
Too many conservatives think we’ve seen all this before — in 1964 and 1974 and 1992 — and that we know how to handle it. Fly, meet ointment: We’re not dealing with the same sorts of opponents. These New Alinskyites who are taking over the White House, combined with the most leftist congressional leadership in memory, will not let us play by the same rules under which conservatives recovered from those earlier debacles. They will try to drastically tilt the playing field, seed our side of the field with land mines and, in short, rig the process to make it next to impossible for the political right, or Republicans, to recover. And they are likely to succeed in at least some of these designs. […]