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Obama and The New Party

Stanley Kurtz recently published an article in National Review providing freshly unearthed evidence that Barack Obama was a member of a left of center party called The New Party.

Kurtz cites as evidence minutes from a 1996 New Party meeting:

Barack Obama, candidate for State Senate in the 13th Legislative District, gave a statement to the membership and answered questions. He signed the New Party “Candidate Contract” and requested an endorsement from the New Party. He also joined the New Party.

It's not a newsflash to me,or anyone, that Barack Obama is left of center. If you like left of center candidates, vote for him. If like me, you don't, then don't vote for him.

What's most disturbing is the way the story has developed. Kurtz first broke it in 2008, and it was denounced as a crackpot smear on the Fight The Smears website. (It's telling that you have to go to the wayback machine to find the original rebuttal. People need to remember that the memory hole doesn't work as well as it used to.)

And now we know that Kurtz was not a crackpot and the charge was valid. The initial rebuttal was yet another example of liberals snidely, condescendingly correcting people who are in fact correct.