Alinsky schmalinsky

Echoing Sarah Palin, The Spectator's Melanie Phillips that the problem with Obama is his community organizing Marxist roots with its close ideological ties to Chicago activist apparatchik Saul Alinsky:

The seditious role of the community organiser was developed by anextreme left intellectual called Saul Alinsky. He was a radical Chicago activist who, by the time he died in 1972, had had a profound influence on the highest levels of the Democratic party. Alinsky was a ‘transformational Marxist’ in the mould of Antonio Gramsci, who promoted the strategy of a ‘long march through the institutions’ by capturing the culture and turning it inside out as the most effective means of overturning western society.

Alinsky schmalinsky. The problem with Obama is his association with a Washington DC activist apparatchik called Joe Biden. It's no coincidence that ever since Obama made his Biden selection, things have been unravelling in his campaign. Had Obama taken a risk with his VP selection -- Hilary of course, but even Kathleen Sebelius or an equally bold pick female pick -- Obama would have, so to speak, aborted the Palin scenario.

The problem might be an excessive faith in himself. Barack Obama gambled everything on his own Denver speech in which Biden had less visibility than those much pilloried Greek pillars. But as I wrote on 8/23, is "nothing more than a second tier candidate for Secretary of State". Back in the distantly halcyon days of late August, the wooden Biden might have been interpreted as the no-risk choice of an odds-on favorite. But even then, everybody knew that Obama had a problem with working class white women voters unmoved by his abstract rhetoric. That problem is now growing. And it's the seditiously pedestrian Biden, not the seditious bogeyman Alinsky, who might end up subverting Obama.