“I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a ‘community organizer,’ except that you have actual responsibilities.”
“On the other hand, you have a resume from a gifted man with an Ivy League education. He worked as a community organizer. What? He worked — I said — I said, OK, OK, maybe this is the first problem on the resume. He worked as a community organizer. He immersed himself in Chicago machine politics.”
OK, I don’t really expect much different from Palin. She has probably never experienced much organizing in a town of 7,000 people. To her, it’s probably just another of those left-wing things that elitists do, not real people like her salt-of-the-earth Alaskans. Real folks stand up for themselves. (Although I did snort when I saw in the transcript that she stated her husband is a proud member of the Steelworkers union. That must have gone over real big in the Republican hall!)
Guiliani should be ashamed of himself. He knows what organizing is and how effective it can be. To insinuate that organizing is somehow akin to sleazy machine politics? Community organizations eat slimy politicians for breakfast and shit ’em out by lunch. Check out the book Going Public by Michael Gecan and see how the powerful organizing group East Brooklyn Congregations worked both productively with Hizzoner to build thousands of affordable houses for low income families and how, at other times, Guiliani would freeze them out entirely.