A basic course in Saul Alinsky 101 teaches to find a political enemy to vilify and run against them perpetually. The extent to which the Democrats are the Party of Alinsky is depicted by their record of following this strategy in lock-step.
Their list of figures that they believe represent great, mortal dangers to the survival of Western civilization is easy to rattle off: Palin, Beck, Limbaugh, the four Supreme Court conservatives, Gingrich, Rove, O'Reilly.
But those tired attacks are wearing thin on Americans, and they know it. So what to do? Well, they could actually try governing and actually doing a good job. Nah. Better to find a new target. But who? The typical targets have been exhausted.
Rich Lowry notes their genius idea:
It must have been a sad, desultory meeting of White House strategists when they settled on an anti-Boehner campaign: "Well, we could run on our economic record, except, well . . . There's always Obamacare, except, well . . . The change we brought to Washington? I know, I know. . . . Hey, how about that perpetually tanned Republican? Let's run against that guy!"
Polling data is one thing. But the best evidence of the Democrats' desperation might just be the anti-Boehner national crusade. No offense to Mr. Boehner, but it's asking WAY too much of Americans to even identify this man, no less rise up in enraged opposition to his outrageous attempts to thwart The One.