Alinsky Rule 11: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, polarize it. Don’t try to attack abstract corporations or bureaucracies. Identify a responsible individual. Ignore attempts to shift or spread the blame.
According to Alinsky, the main job of the organizer is to bait an opponent into reacting. “The enemy properly goaded and guided in his reaction will be your major strength.”
The Democrats and President Obama sort of veered off course in following Alinsky’s rule 11, but last week that changed when Obama made it a point to attack House minority leader John Boehner by name, over and over again, during a campaign speech in Boehner’s home state of Ohio.
The Democratic National Committee is following suit, taking out ads aimed directly at Boehner.
The media is doing their part. The New York Times got in on the game. (Yeah, what a shock, right?) They published a hit piece on Boehner, quoting anonymous sources. Byron York revealed that Boehner’s spokesman received an inquiry from the Times, he replied and asked if they wanted clarification. Naturally, the Times didn’t reply. The other day we even saw ABC’s George Stephanopoulos make hay out of Boehner’s tan. (Has he ever done that to Charlie Crist, AKA the Tan Man?)
I doubt this tactic is going to work. All Leader Boehner needs to do is show the video of his passionate speech opposing the government take over of health care. A majority of Americans were against it, the Democrats chose to ram it down our throats anyway, and John Boehner did all he could to stop it.