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More Obama vetting being done by blogosophere
Posted by: McQ on Thursday, October 09, 2008

After all the fuss about Sarah Palin possibly being a member of the Alaska Independence Party, it appears that Barack Obama was a member of the "New Party", if you believe what New party literature said back then.

In a 1996 piece bragging about their successes, they note:
Illinois: Three NP-members won Democratic primaries last Spring and face off against Republican opponents on election day: Danny Davis (U.S. House), Barack Obama (State Senate) and Patricia Martin (Cook County Judiciary).
And this from The Progressive Populist:
New Party members and supported candidates won 16 of 23 races, including an at-large race for the Little Rock, Ark., City Council, a seat on the county board for Little Rock and the school board for Prince George's County, Md. Chicago is sending the first New Party member to Congress, as Danny Davis, who ran as a Democrat, won an overwhelming 85% victory. New Party member Barack Obama was uncontested for a State Senate seat from Chicago.
A description of the party:
The New Party was established in 1992 “by union activist Sandy Pope and University of Wisconsin professor Joel Rogers,” USA Today reported on November 16, 1992. The paper wrote that the new party was “self-described [as] ‘socialist democratic.’”
Obama, as I understand it, has denied being a member of this far-left fusion party.

It appears, however that both the party and others - such as those writing for The Progressive Populist - believed him to be a member of the NP.

Thomas Lifson explains the New Party:
The New Party was a radical left organization, established in 1992, to amalgamate far left groups and push the United States into socialism by forcing the Democratic Party to the left. It was an attempt to regroup the forces on the left in a new strategy to take power, burrowing from within. The party only lasted until 1998, when its strategy of "fusion" failed to withstand a Supreme Court ruling. But dissolving the party didn't stop the membership, including Barack Obama, from continuing to move the Democrats leftward with spectacular success.
Erik Erikson explains the fusion movement:
Fusion is a pretty simple concept. A candidate could run as both a Democrat and a New Party member to signal the candidate was, in fact, a left-leaning candidate, or at least not a center-left DLC type candidate. If the candidate — let's call him Barack Obama — received only 500 votes in the Democratic Party against another candidate who received 1000 votes, Obama would clearly not be the nominee. But, if Obama also received 600 votes from the New Party, Obama's New Party votes and Democratic votes would be fused. He would be the Democratic nominee with 1100 votes.

The fusion idea set off a number of third parties, but the New Party was probably the most successful. A March 22, 1998 In These Times article by John Nichols showed just how successful. "After six years, the party has built what is arguably the most sophisticated left-leaning political operation the country has seen since the decline of the Farmer-Labor, Progressive and Non-Partisan League groupings of the early part of the century .... In 1996, it helped Chicago's Danny Davis, a New Party member, win a Democratic congressional primary, thereby assuring his election in the majority-black district .... The threat of losing New Party support, or of the New Party running its own candidates against conservative Democrats, would begin a process of forcing the political process to the left, [Joel] Rogers argued."

Fusion, fortunately for the country, died in 1997. William Rehnquist, writing for a 6-3 Supreme Court, found the concept was not a protected constitutional right. It was two years too late to stop Obama.
And yes, Obama could have been a member of both the New Party and the Democratic party simultaneously as Red State explains, so a claim that "I was a registered Democrat" at the time, doesn't suffice as proof he wasn't a New Party member as well.

More at Politically Drunk On Power - the blog which found these documents.
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Obama is BLACK?!

Oh sorry.

Let’s try again..

Obama is a SOCIALIST?!
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I’m shocked—shocked!—by this revelation. All this time the leftie trolls on the pro-freedom blogosphere have been deriding anyone who calls the Chosen one a socialist. I figured, "Well, who would know better than them?" I just naturally assumed that the Lightworker was probably a free-marketer who probably attended meetings of the Mount Pelerin Society with Bill Ayers and was on the Board of Directors of the Cato Institute with Rev. Wright.

But seriously, it’s sad. How disappointed his dad must be, that Sonny joined some deviationist socialist party. "Damn, what kind of red-diaper baby is he? I didn’t raise my boy to be some Trotskyite!"
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none of this really matters, the Democrats will be running the show for the next four years, and it will be interesting to see if they can overcome their nature’s and actually do what is necessary to allow the economy to recover. My guess is no.

The Republicans, on the other hand will have plenty of time to wander in the wilderness and reassess just who they are, and what they stand for. Hopefully there will be a culling of some of the most obnoxious and worthless politicians in the party.
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