The future of American political discourse, particularly the 2012 elections, is Occupy Wall Street and the tactics of Saul Alinsky's 1971 book, Rules for Radicals. For example, at a recent campaign appearance, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) was a victim of Alinsky's tactic #13:
Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.
Bachmann, her campaign, and even her staff and supporters going back to her first campaign for the Minnesota state Senate are by now also very familiar with these Alinsky tactics:
- Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.
- Keep the pressure on with different tactics, and actions, and utilize all events of the period for your purpose.
- The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.
For more on how the left and the Obama campaign uses Alinsky's tactics, follow the Alinsky Defeater's Blog.