Yes, yes, I know, I’m like a broken record, keeping writing about Saul Alinsky. But, as they sing on the records I like the best, he’s my main (political) man. So, there it is: I can’t help myself.
This Saul Alinsky piece is mostly about the unlikely duo of President Obama, “Mr. Cool,” and The Rev. Al Sharpton, (a “Mr. Hot,” to a lot of people), and their mutual affinity for Alinsky’s lessons. I’m taking comfort in the apparent closeness of this relationship, since this common understanding of Alinsky’s approach to politics is about making sure the 99% gets what it should.
The piece is my latest for Huffington Post Politics and RH Reality Check, and discusses this Presidential partnership — going back to my favorite records — in light of what James Brown sang on Soul Train back-in-the-day.
In memory of Don Cornelius, the genius who created Soul Train; James Brown; Saul Alinsky; and recollecting what each of them taught us, the President, and The Rev., I send this piece along.