Why does Newt Gingrich call President Obama a “Saul Alinsky radical” when the number of Republican voters who get the reference can be counted on the fingers of one hand?
Clarence Page gives his explanation here, but I don’t think he got it right.
Most Republican voters don’t know who Alinsky is because they don’t travel in activist circles. Most Republicans voters are not in the habit of organizing protests, and have not studied the subject. Most Republicans have no idea what Gingrich is talking about.
There is one group who knows exactly what Gingrich is saying: the white-sheet faction, a.k.a the KKK.
Years ago, Howard Stern would have clansman Danial Carver on his radio show. Stern would always ask Carver which were the worst minority groups. Stern was surprised to learn that Carver ranked Jewish people ahead of blacks as the worst.
Why was that? According to Carver, it was Jewish lawyers and activists that made the civil rights movement of the 1960s a success. Without Jewish activists like Saul Alinsky, the blacks would have never got loose.
So, when Gingrich mentions Alinsky, he is appealing to the hardcore-racist vote.
Which is ironic when you consider that the pro-Gingrich super PAC “Winning Our Future” gets millions in campaign contributions from Jewish billionaire Sheldon Adelson.
Note to Adelson: What’s up with that? Do you really want Gingrich’s racism to be part of your legacy?