Five Things to Know About the Steve Bannon Smears
2. Attacks on Bannon Are Alinskyite
The attacks on Steve Bannon are straight out of the Left's bible of "community organizing," Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals.
We're seeing radical leftists doing what leftists do, and just because some #NeverTrumpers are participating doesn't change the tactic's pedigree.
Alinsky advocated "personalizing" disputes and "destroying" the targets. Truth didn't matter. That's why you are hearing nasty -- and false -- branding of Bannon as a racist or anti-Semite.
If the Left succeeds against Bannon, they will then maul the next person in line, assuming they are a fighter. The Left doesn't bother with Republican quislings, because they know they pose no threat to their agenda. See, for example, Mark McKinnon.
3. Lose the Bannon Fight, Lose the Bigger Fight
The attack on Bannon is a probing attack on all constitutionalists, outsiders, Tea Partiers, and Reaganites. The attack is an effort to see if Trump has the spine to stand by the people who got him elected.
The Left hates the limited government agenda of movement conservatives -- the attack on Bannon is an effort to limit the influence of movement conservatives over the next four years.
If the Left can cause damage in this fight, they will use this Bannon model for the next fight.
Unfortunately, this strategy overlooks Trump's biggest asset -- he doesn't care what the Washington Post thinks. Like Bannon, he knows their audience doesn't support him -- and he also knows the Washington Post's business model is no longer viable.