Rush Limbaugh yesterday offered to have President Obama on his program for a debate. As Glenn Reynolds notes, he’s made the President an offer he can’t accept. An Instapundit reader, C. J. Burch, writes,
Obama is discovering that he has no power at all over people that do not give a damn what the media thinks. If other Republicans were less craven he would be in deep trouble, instead of just headed for deep trouble.
It’s an important point. I have been a target of the Saul Alinsky “personalize it” strategy at my university. It damages its target, no question about it. Witness Sarah Palin. Some people believe what’s said; more think that, where’s there’s so much smoke, there must be some fire. Others simply recognize a route to popularity—make fun of the target, and people will laugh and like you. But Limbaugh and Burch understand how to defeat the tactic.
- First, don’t let it get to you. You mustn’t care what people are saying or thinking. In fact, I’d go one further: Delight in it. If they aren’t calling you names, you aren’t doing your job—you aren’t getting to them.
- Second, publicize the strategy. Let people know what they’re doing. If people realize that the left tries to demonize every opponent, regardless of the facts, they realize that they can’t draw any conclusions from what the leftists say, and the strategy loses its power.