The peculiar attack on community organizing
Harry Boyte comments on democracy and community organizing in this Sept. 9 Star Tribune op-ed.
During the Republican convention Rudolph Giuliani and Sarah Palin heaped scorn on "community organizers" with snappy sound bites. Giuliani laughed off the idea that Barack Obama's community organizing background could count for anything. Palin followed, calling herself "just your average hockey mom" who became mayor and then governor, also mocking Obama's experiences. "I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a 'community organizer,' except that you have actual responsibilities.
The problem for Republicans is that community organizing is at the heart of the democratic tradition. They knew this not long ago.