A question posed to WH Press Secretary Jay Carney may have been as telling for what he said as much as for what he didn't say. Following comments this week from Newt Gingrich that Barack Obama is a devoted follower of the teachings and tactics of the Marxist Saul Alinsky, Jay Carney chose, on the one hand, to obfuscate whether Obama does in fact buy into the Alinsky's "rules For Radicals" model. On the other hand, he pulled directly from Alinsky when he reminisced of his time as a reporter during the late '90s, saying of Gingrich, “Have I said how much fun I had as a reporter covering Congress from 1996 to 1998?”, referring to a time when Gingrich was speaker. “There was a certain bombast to it at the time, a lot of colorful things to cover.” This was straight out of Alinsky's book, using the following tactics: RULE 5: “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon”, and RULE 12: “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.”
Apparently there are some such as Jay Carney who are schooled in the Alinsky ways.