WASHINGTON, March 1, 2016 – Have you ever seen this level of consternation and panic among the elites of the mainstream media and leaders of the two major political parties over one man? It has increased just ever so much now that he has won Super Tuesday.
Republican apparatchiks tell their good friends at the New York Times they will work to deny GOP candidate Donald J. Trump the nomination at their summer convention even if Republican voters give him the necessary 1,237 delegates to win.
Failing this, the backup plan is for down-ballot GOP candidates to distance themselves from their party’s presidential nominee.
Trump stands alone – if you don’t count the massive crowds at his campaign rallies or those casting their votes for him in primary after primary.
The reason for Trump’s success, of course, is that the guardians of America’s dysfunctional status quo have lost all credibility. Not the media nor the leaders of our corrupt two-party system. Not even the guardians of the right/left paradigm.
Trump bestrides this narrow political world like a colossus.
Meanwhile, Trump also has Hillary-friendly journalists on edge.
Josh Voorhees at Slate writes,
“In a year that has been defined by anti-establishment anger, it’s also not unthinkable to imagine a scenario in a general election fight with Clinton where Trump peels off a small though significant slice of Sanders supporters – particularly given the subtle threads of misogyny that have been spotted running along the far fringes of Bernie’s legion of fans.”
Lady Gaga’s televised performance of her Academy Award-nominated song, “Til it Happens to You,” may have been a dig at those same college-age males – Bernie Sanders voters – that Rolling Stone magazine falsely accused of promoting “rape culture” on college campuses across America.
Voorhees suggests that the next step on their decent into hell is for the young, misogynist male Democrats to vote for Trump and not the corrupt object of an intense FBI investigation, Hillary Clinton.
But questioning the character of those who comprise the future of your political party is no way to win elections.
Nathan Robinson at Current Affairs magazine has an interesting take on a likely Trump/Clinton matchup:
“Trump’s political dominance is highly dependent on his idiosyncratic, audacious method of campaigning. He deals almost entirely in amusing, outrageous, below-the-belt personal attacks, and is skilled at turning public discussions away from the issues and toward personalities (he/she’s a ‘loser,’ ‘phony,’ ‘nervous,’ hypocrite,’ ‘incompetent.’)… This campaigning style makes Hillary Clinton Donald Trump’s dream opponent.”
In other words, what terrifies Republicans and Democrats alike is Trump’s effective use of leftist Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals.”
In particular, Rule 13: “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.”
Alinsky writes that in our overly complex, bureaucratic, multi-leveled government – county, state and federal – the problem is singling out an identifiable “enemy”:
“One of the criteria in picking your target,” wrote Alinsky, “is the target’s vulnerability… Furthermore, any target can always say, ‘Why do you center on me when there are others to blame as well?’ When you ‘freeze the target,’ you disregard these arguments and, for the moment, all the others to blame. Then, as you zero in and freeze your target and carry out your attack, all of the ‘others’ come out of the woodwork very soon. They become visible by their support of the target.”
When Hillary told the Des Moines Register that Trump’s “inflammatory rhetoric,” “bigotry” and “bluster” demonstrated his “penchant for sexism,” Trump brought Hillary’s husband and staunchest defender into the conversation with MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough:
“He [Bill Clinton] lost his law license… he was impeached. He settled for a tremendous amount of money [in the Paula Jones sexual harassment civil suit]. I mean, you know, there’s a lot of things going on there [Juanita Broaddrick’s charge that Bill Clinton raped her], and she [Hillary] calls me sexist.”
Hillary’s loss to Bernie Sanders in the New Hampshire Democratic primary was in part due, some believe, because she was seen as a dishonest enabler of husband Bill’s sexual apatite.
Hillary Clinton may have written a 92-page senior thesis on Saul Alinsky while attending Wellesley College – even interviewing the man himself – but it’s clear she didn’t quite grasp Alinsky’s seminal rule 13.
“It should be borne in mind that the target is always trying to shift responsibility to get out of being the target,” said Alinsky. “There is a constant squirming and moving and strategy – purposeful, and malicious at times, other times just for straight self-survival – on the part of the designated target. The forces for change must keep this in mind and pin that target down securely.”
Have you noticed that the media, Hillary Clinton, Republican and Democratic leaders – all Trump “targets” – are in a state of near “constant squirming”?