Newt Gingrich mentioned in his victory speech that the president has been driven by Saul Alinsky radicalism. If you've followed politics over the last few years, you know who that is. I know who that is - I even wrote about countering Alinsky over two years ago. The problem is, there's a lot of people who have no clue who that is, as CNN was forced to explain in a sugar-coated piece their political ticker blog;
In framing his attacks on President Barack Obama for a possible November showdown, Newt Gingrich repeatedly brings up the name of an influential radical organizer from the first half of the 20th century.
"Saul Alinsky radicalism is at the heart of Obama," Gingrich said Sunday in an interview with CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley...
And earlier, at a New Year's Eve campaign event in Iowa, Gingrich declared that Obama "really is sort of a classic Saul Alinsky radical whose basic ideas are the opposite of what we need to create jobs."...
Alinsky's most famous book, "Rules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals," describes a confrontational method for curing economic inequality - something most conservatives would shun.
While the tactics goals prescribed by Alinsky are indeed the stuff of left wing Utopian dreams, most people in the American electorate don't know and don't care. Gingrich's Inside-Politics-speak may work in some states in some primaries, he needs to be careful to not overly rely on those types of mentions. He needs to focus on the vision for America angle pretty soon in order to maintain his momentum. It looks like in Florida, he may already be starting in that direction;
Gingrich talked about the "romance of space," referring to President John Kennedy's original speech calling for a man to be sent to the moon and returned safely to Earth by the end of the 1960s. He also admonished NASA for lacking the desire to take risks. He reiterated his often stated idea of devoting five to 10 percent of NASA's budget to space prize competitions, similar to the Anasri X Prize and the Google Lunar X Prize in order to stimulate private sector competition in space. He also admonished his main rival, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for ridiculing his ideas for space exploration.