I saw some conservative blogs asserting that the New Party was founded by the Democratic Socialists of America. I’m not entirely clear on the proof of this. More than one DSA newsletter had a New Party Update, but one of those newsletters discussed “a proposal that Chicago DSA affiliate with the New Party” suggesting an affinity but no clear pre-existing close relationship. The newsletter said that the DSA decided to “explore affiliation” with the New Party, but also with another party. Clearly, they were fellow travelers, but I urge readers to read any assertions of a connection with a skeptical eye.
However, it is clear from the above links that Obama was a member of the New Party; and it is clear that the Democratic Socialists of America were particular fans of Obama’s. The Democratic Socialists endorsed Obama in 1996 and again in 2000 , saying:
Meanwhile, GOP.com is doing an Obama dump. All the Obama scandals you ever wanted to hear about and some you didn’t even know about.
As I have pointed out before, Obama’s associations and affiliations point to two issues:
On the judgement side, Obama worked for an extended period of time in two political projects with an unrepentant terrorist who travels to Chavista schools to advocate the overthrow of democracy.
On the experience side, Obama’s only real administrative experience track record is as dismal as it can get. $160 million of CAC money? gone.
And so is the $75,000 of Woods Fund money that went to Arafat’s crony Rashid Khalidi.
The media’s in bed with Obama.
The problem is, the McCain campaign is out of ideas. It has not proposed any major new idea to provoke public discussion, to excite its base, or to give us all something to vote for. The Republicans appear to be out of gas, and I fear that it is too late to refill the tank. If John McCain offers new policy ideas now they will not be taken seriously because they will seem desperate.
If you doubt me, ask yourself this: What will the McCain administration do in its first 100 days? We know what Barack Obama will do — raise our taxes (or at least my taxes), go about restructuring the healthcare system, re-regulate business from the agencies, try to negotiate his way to peace European-style, accelerate the withdrawal from Iraq, and appoint judges that turn the Constitution upside down. Since I dislike all that stuff (except maybe the health care piece) I am going to vote for McCain, but I am still left with the question, what will John McCain do?
Interestingly, the person who may have that answer is Sarah Palin.
Nicolas Sarkozy won as a maverick in his own party running against both Chirac and the Socialists because he could tell you exactly what he was going to do. Obama’s promised hope, change and economic ruin. It’s time McCain spells out what he’s going to do.
Prairiepundit via Larwyn,
(Special thanks to Larwyn for the links.)