In pursuit of his goals, Obama has shown himself willing to quietly support, and sometimes to openly use, radical Alinskyite tactics. At the Woods Fund, Obama’s allies bragged about the way their “post-ideological” cover had allowed them to fund ACORN’s confrontational tactics, while escaping public criticism. Obama has shamelessly used Alinskyite “direct action” to silence and intimidate political foes during the current campaign (a matter well-known to conservatives, yet little noted by the mainstream press). Victory would only cement the conviction in Obama and his allies that these tactics had “won,” and therefore should be used again.
It’s the tactics which scare me more than Obama’s ends. Bankrupting industries at his personal whim would likely lead to electoral “corrections” in ’10 and ’12. Unless, of course, the loyal opposition can be shut down by those “Alinskyite tactics.” Then we really would be well on the road to becoming a banana republic.