ObamAlinsky: No apology for Romney ‘felon’ comment

July 15, 2012
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Who ME a radical? Image: conservativetreehouse.com

In yesterday’s prologue column I highlighted some “purposes” from Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals” and then asked several questions concerning Obama’s own words and actions and how those words and actions parallel Alinsky’s path step by ever so “transforming” step.

From now to the election, the Corner will be publishing examples of how the words and actions of Obama, his administration, and his campaign march in lockstep with the tactics and rules outlined by the most radical leftists of modern political history. While the main focus will be on Saul Alinsky and his ‘rules’, as time allows and examples appear, the strategies of Cloward, Piven, Marx and others will be highlighted as well.

I have dubbed the series, “Obama and Alinsky: Two men, one mind, and the ‘transforming’ of America, one rule at a time.”

Episode one, unfolds below:

Unable to run on his own record, President Obama has so far made it clear that he will be faithfully following Alinsky’s RULE 10 all the way to the election:

“If you push a negative hard enough, it will push through and become a positive.”

One of the most consistent negatives Obama is pushing is Romney’s tenure at Bain Capital and this week the “pushing” pushed the limits of credibility and truthfulness.

The most recent attack coming from deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter who on a conference call Thursday went so far as to suggest that because Governor Romney’s name still appeared on some isolated SEC documents for Bain until 2002 when he actually left in 1999 to run the Olympics, Romney was either “misrepresenting his position”, “which is a felony”, or “he was lying to the American people”, and “that’s a real character and trust issue”.

Yes, you read it right. The deputy campaign manager of the Obama campaign bringing up “character and trust”. (Irony is a bit lite, hypocrisy a much better fit.)

The comments came after a Boston Globe story used SEC forms to attempt to discredit Romney’s account that he left active participation in Bain in 1999.

It seems though to matter not to Cutter and the Obama campaign that both FactCheck.org and the Washington Post’s fact checker Glenn Kessler have deemed the claims less then truthful at best. Kessler giving the Cutter claim 3 Pinocchio’s out of a possible four with this clarification:

We were tempted to award this claim Four Pinocchio’s, but the documents with his signature leave some room for inquiry. But, overall, they shrink in importance to the other evidence cited above. (Our colleagues at FactCheck.Org also reaffirmed their similar conclusion.)

Still, if the Obama campaign wants to put its money where its mouth is, it should immediately lodge a complaint about Romney’s financial disclosure form, filed just last year, rather than try to mislead people about potential violations in relatively unimportant SEC documents.

Don’t expect either Obama or his campaign to put their money where there mouth is any time soon. For to do so would be breaking RULE 8, “Keep the pressure on. Never let up.” (Notice it says nothing about that pressure being truthful.)

In fact both Cutter and the President himself have “doubled down” on the less than truthful attack. Obama flat out telling WAVY-TV in Portsmouth, Va, “No, we will not apologize” and Cutter stating on Face the Nation that “He’s [Romney] not going to get an apology,”.

While an apology would be the appropriate response that would be breaking RULE 12:

“Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize.”

The meaning behind rule 12 is especially enlightening when it comes to Obama’s adherence to it. In summary:

Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions. (This is cruel, but very effective. Direct, personalized criticism and ridicule works.)

Cruel, indeed, disingenuous, no doubt, 100 percent pure Barack Hussein Obama, absolutely.

And it’s only going to get worse from here on in.

Up Next: Which is worse, Obama attacking Romney for “outsourcing jobs” with private money while he “outsources” billions of tax payer money around the globe or Obama saying Romney’s Bain experience doesn’t necessarily qualify him to be President?

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2 Responses to ObamAlinsky: No apology for Romney ‘felon’ comment

  1. anson burlingame on July 16, 2012 at 9:47 am

    Geoff,

    OK, I will comment on each of these “exposures” as you produce them in an attempt to “link” Obama to Alinsky or other left wing radical approaches to revolution or even a milder form of reform.

    I agree what you are doing shows the Obama campaign adherence to “Alinsky rules”. The media calls it “Chicago style politics”. And for sure the demagoguery used by Obama, in 2008 and now in the 2012 campaign follow such “rules”.

    But so do the campaigns of almost all other American politicians. Just look back at the GOP primary campaign. “Vulture Capitalism” comes to mind as the harshest atack first used by Perry against Rommney and quickly picked up by Gingrich. As well look at all the personal attacks against Gingrich. Perry did it to himself with his ineptness, so personal attacks, other than a “mild suggestion” that he might have been drunk in one public appearance were not needed.

    And God Almighty look what the GOP did to Herman Cain!!!

    I don’t believe the EC is a “radical” at least of the Alinsky sort. He is simply a union “borne and raised” thug, using thug like tactics in his blog. Of course long ago such union tactics had their roots in Bolshevism and were successfully used in Russia. But that does not make the EC a communist, in my view.

    The “felon” accusation, actually I call it an implication, is politics as usual in today’s America. Some will try to characterize Holder as a “felon” as well, assuming before any trial that he flat out lied to Congress, a felony.

    I have no doubt that if you put a laser focus on the Obama CAMPAIGN, not the man himself, you can make all the implications that you like that such campaign tactics come straight out of an “Alinsky book”.

    But in doing so you will only be confirming to the “radical” right what they already believe. But it will flow off of my views like water off a duck’s back.

    Just imagain if someone came up with an old video (with sound) showing Alinsky, Obama, Ailes, Wright, etc. sitting in a room together “ploting” Bolshevik like tactics to change Chicago (alone, much less the whole country) “culture” or to achieve political power using such tactics.

    Did Obama as a young man ever have such group discussions, long ago? Maybe he had them instead with college classmates in a dorm room instead of with “main stream” revolutionaries. How much of an impact on the voters would such a video have in the midst of a campaign? Certainly the recently “linked” videos developed by the right wing guy that just died (Briethbart?) were simply cast aside by the left as “nothing” and the story lasted for maybe a week or less on Fox alone with the rest of the media ignoring it.

    Ignore “bad news” is probably an Alinsky rule as well. Others would call it “deny, deny, deny”, the “truth be damned”.

    For sure I am going to read and consider each of your forthcoming blogs of this nature. But again, I also know that if local libs commented or “counter blogged” against you, you would be compared to the “birther issue” of long standing accusing Obama of not even being an American citizen.

    Your brains, ability and willingness to do thorough research, writing experience and ability are all big pluses for you. I KNOW you could delve deeply into ACA to show it for the sham that it is, one of the highest “taxes” every imposed on Americans with a focus on the poor and downtrodden as well, thus making it highly regressive. You could do the same, and have done so in the past on matters related to foreign affairs. All that is a real strength for our mutual conservative cause.

    But what you are seemingly doing herein in this blog series is an attempt to paint Obama as a “fire bombing radical” at least sometime in the past. It will only rally the “radical right” to the conservative cause and do nothing to persuade the ones that need to be convinced to vote for the conservative cause.

    All that is only my personal view however and as I just said, I will read and consider all that you write along these lines.

    anson

  2. Geoff Caldwell on July 16, 2012 at 10:41 am

    Not a “fire bombing radical” just a “radical” out to “transform” America in a way he’s not being honest about.
    He says one thing (you will not lose your health plan, your costs won’t go up, you won’t have to change doctors, etc..etc.. just on the ACA alone) when the objective analysis shows the consequence to be the opposite.
    The “linking” is just show the “why” as to what is happening and provide the playbook Obama and camp is operating from.
    Each and every American has his/her own life story/world view formed by the people who raised them and who they associated with growing up and into adulthood.
    You and I have a conservative view because of that. Obama however grew up and was surrounding by people and groups of people that were 180 degrees from such as us. Some of them being as radical as radical can get.
    Yet while we acknowledge our backgrounds and its influence on us, Obama distances from his and the minion media has yet to do any real reporting/investigating on just who Obama really is.
    Even Tom Brokaw in 08 admitted that other than what was in his book we really didn’t know anything about Barack Obama.
    Here we are 4 years later and the only thing we have learned is that he is either:
    1. One of the most incompetent Presidents in modern American history
    2. One of the most radical Presidents in modern American history.
    Sealed college transcripts aside, I don’t buy the narrative that Obama is incompetent. He knows exactly what he’s doing.
    From his “story-telling” and less than honest auto-biography, to his tactics on his first state senate campaign in Illinois against his own fellow democrats, to his out right lying against Hillary in the 08 contest, this is a man who has shown over and over his regard for the truth is as serious as Assad saying he’s not killing his own people.
    I thank you for the compliment and yes I could and probably will if find the time delve much more deeply into the ACA.
    But the sad fact is, such columns would only glaze over the eyes of most.
    While I do understand the risk of “turning off” some by “linking” Obama, I also understand the reality of not doing it.
    Obama is what he is, and anyone willing to look openly and objectively at his personal history and how he has spun that history, his words and his actions sees not the Obama portrayed by his adoring media, but the Obama who is slowly and steadily dismantling the very foundations of this country.
    From kicking the bondholders to the curb in the GM takeover, to having his HHS secretary mandate against religious liberty, to one arbitrary ignoring of law after another, this is not the man those independents who put him in office in 08 thought they were getting.
    The series just helps those understand why.
    It wasn’t that the voters were stupid (well in a way, but…) it was they were lied to. And those lies correlate directly with the goals and mission of the far left.
    Believe me, I did not come to the conclusion lightly. I gave Obama the benefit of the doubt once he won the election, but all I got in return with each new action was more doubt.
    WHY, would a President of the United States continue to behave in such a way that so blatantly ignores our rule of law and so actively attacks our economic system?
    The answer sadly is in the details and unfortunately those details aren’t pretty.
    And remember, if JKF, Johnson, Nixon and Clinton could lie and do what they did, why is it now so “far out” that Obama, a child of the 60’s, immersed in that culture, surrounded throughout his career by the political left and the radicals of that culture isn’t but now a willing driver of implementing the goals of that culture?
    Yes, it’s hard as hell to believe it, but trust me, it’s true and it’s Obama himself who’s proving it.

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