We’ve learned that word quite well in the past four years. Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals have been employed for a long time against rightward-leaning politicians and leaders, but it wasn’t until recently that most liberty activists learned to spot them. And the rule that has been utilized with the most ferocity (and the best results) has been Rule 13:
Think BusHitler. Think Sarah Palin. You know what I am talking about. The Left’s relentless determination to knock down conservative leaders and Republican politicians, to make them untouchable, betrays a ruthlessness that can’t be ignored. It’s a win-at-all-costs mentality, resting firmly in the belief that winning comes first, because that’s how policy is enacted. There is evidence of that mentality on the right side, as well; but it pales in comparison to both the fervor and effectiveness of the Left.
Ted Cruz is the latest target of the Left, and no wonder, given his penchant for calling out Leftists and their institutions. Since his victory in November, Cruz has called out everyone from Harvard Law (Communists) toRahm Emanuel (on threats to bankers) to the president (immigration and more). Thus, in his short (very short) tenure as a U.S. Senator from Texas, Cruz has been featured in the following headlines:
Ted Cruz Poses Problem For Republican Party – Huffington Post
Meet Ted Cruz, “The Republican Barack Obama” – Mother Jones
Ted Cruz’s neo-McCarthyism doesn’t bode well for GOP “makeover” – Washington Post
IS SENATOR TED CRUZ OUR NEW MCCARTHY? – The New Yorker
Thank you, mainstream media concern trolls.
But here is what the Left is missing:
Cruz represents a shift away from defaulting to ‘establishment’ politicians. With his stunning upset of Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst, Cruz’s election signaled that the right candidate with the right backing can take on establishment favorites and win. That’s an emboldening prospect for the right, especially in the face of the return of the same leadership that is rapidly losing the confidence of activists.
Cruz represents Texas swagger. Texas has long been acknowledged to be “a whole nother country” to the rest of the states. Cruz reinforces the mythology not only with his boots, but also with his confidence and ease in making waves in Washington. Media savvy and sharp as they come, Cruz brings traditional Texas confidence to D.C., wrapped in the vehicle of a New Generation of conservative politicians.
Attacks on Cruz betray his success. Activists on the right often view politics and the media this way: “If you’re getting attacked, you must be doing something right.” Far from turning people against Cruz, the attacks on him have the potential to shore up and expand his support. The more fire Cruz draws from the Left and the media, the more likely he will become solidified as a leader to the right; someone ready to do battle in the media as well as the Senate in the cause of liberty.
Cruz has appeal far outside of Texas. Not only did Cruz garner vast support among the grassroots in Texas, but early in the campaign Cruz became a national figure in politics. Donations and support came in from around the country, and Club for Growth invested heavily in Cruz’s campaign. Conservatives are hearing in Cruz a feisty, fearless politician whose plain-speaking jabs are hitting home with them. Weary of leaders who seem timid and disengaged, people are responding to Cruz picking up the banner of conservative ideology and waving it in the face of the power elite in Washington.
In Cruz, the Alinsky model may just be losing some of its effectiveness. It would be helpful to keep a close eye on Ted Cruz as he navigates his first year in Washington.
This could get interesting.