Will Newt invoking Alinsky resonate with GOP voters?

“When Newt Gingrich invoked the name of Saul Alinsky during his ‘victory’ speech in South Carolina, a speech that sounded anything but presidential, I looked at my husband and asked, ‘how many of those supporters has any idea who Saul Alinsky was and what he did?'” writes CrooksandLiars.com.

“The answer we came to was pretty much none of them. Glenn Beck likes to invoke Saul Alinsky as well, as some sort of malevolent force driving Obama’s agenda. I can pick off who are Beck disciples at the instant they say ‘Alinsky.’ I would love to see a journalist with integrity (HA! What an oxymoron that’s become!) actually confront these yahoos and ask them to define ‘Marxism,’ ‘socialism,’ ‘Communism’ and what Alinsky had to do with any of these -isms, and what makes him so scary to Republicans. For the record, Wikipedia’s bio on Alinsky:

“Saul David Alinsky (January 30, 1909 – June 12, 1972) was an American community organizer and writer. He is generally considered to be the founder of modern community organizing, and has been compared to Thomas Paine as being ‘one of the great American leaders of the nonsocialist left.'”

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Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

9 thoughts on “Will Newt invoking Alinsky resonate with GOP voters?”

  1. Here is my favorite quote from Rules (don’t tell the right but I keep it on my Kindle so I can always go back to it), “As an organizer I start where the world is, as it is, not as I would like it to be. That we accept the world as it is does not in any sense weaken our desire to change it into what we believe it should be — it is necessary to begin where the world is if we are going to change it to what we think it should be.” — P. xix

  2. I have been really working on understanding how there can be such a philosophical/political divide in this country. i was surprised to hear Newt speak so condescendingly about Alinsky during his acceptance speech. It’s interesting to read the comments about Alinsky’s book Rules for Radicals on Amazon.com.

  3. I just find Newt so confusing for us simpletons….

    Let me get this straight it’s OK for Newt to BBQ Bill Clinton when the Monica issue was on the plate (as Bill) did this infamous issue one time, but when Newt does the same thing multiple times, and tells his wife that he’s going to have a A”open” marriage (which in real talk means he wants to have sex with any female that is breathing and walking), then he tries to give us all the “family values” persona…..?

    This guy is a walking contradiction of reality, and could I support someone like this?

    Not in a MILLION YEARS! Romney maybe as he’s a sharp intelligent guy with a brain, which Newt does not have.

      1. John, did you ever hear of “He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone….”?

        Hypocrisy is the state of pretending to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc., that one does not actually have. I’m not saying that Newt hasn’t made some big mistakes but he isn’t either.

        At this stage in the game, and given the field, my interest is focused on what his plan is what his chances are of pulling it off.

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