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(National Review)   In 1996, Barack Obama was a member of (a) the Republican party, (b) the Democratic party, or (c) other?   ( nationalreview.com) divider line
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2012-06-07 11:56:54 AM  
(c) yawn
 
vpb [TotalFark]
2012-06-07 12:01:12 PM  
If he had been a Libertarian or a Republican THAT would be a scandal.
 
2012-06-07 12:01:41 PM  
(c) I don't give a fark
 
2012-06-07 12:02:03 PM  
Are we supposed to be outraged? Because I'm not feeling it.
 
2012-06-07 12:05:56 PM  
Farkers don't care that he is a socialist. That's just a plus around here.
 
2012-06-07 12:06:58 PM  
At least they aren't outright accusing him of being a communist this time, I think I would have remembered seeing him at the box socials.
 
2012-06-07 12:10:18 PM  
what's the scoop (not giving NRO a click)
 
2012-06-07 12:12:04 PM  
blahblahblahblahblah

/is it November yet?
 
2012-06-07 12:15:03 PM  

BravadoGT: Farkers don't care that he is a socialist. That's just a plus around here.


I wish he was a socialist.

I also wish the word had a meaning in this country other than as an epithet for "crap I don't like".
 
2012-06-07 12:15:19 PM  
 
2012-06-07 12:16:31 PM  

FlashHarry: what's the scoop (not giving NRO a click)


Obama at one time was affiliated with the new party. We are outraged, I tell you.
 
2012-06-07 12:16:33 PM  
Reagan was a Democrat for years.
 
2012-06-07 12:20:28 PM  

gilgigamesh: BravadoGT: Farkers don't care that he is a socialist. That's just a plus around here.

I wish he was a socialist.

I also wish the word had a meaning in this country other than as an epithet for "crap I don't like".


^^ what gilgi said
 
2012-06-07 12:21:27 PM  

AdolfOliverPanties: Reagan was a Democrat for years.


BLASPHEMER! BURN HIM!
 
2012-06-07 12:22:34 PM  
I heard Obama was a Whig, or as NRO would call him, a Whigger.

/amidoinitrite?
 
2012-06-07 12:23:22 PM  
(d) THE KENYAN REV. WRIGHT PARTY OF WEALTH REDISTRIBUTION
 
2012-06-07 12:27:32 PM  
Well, Rush Limbaugh has been humping his desk over this nonstory for the last thirty minutes, so we can all expect to get beaten over the head with it for the next two weeks.
 
2012-06-07 12:27:48 PM  
He had friends who were....Socialists (sob). Well, we all make mistakes.
 
2012-06-07 12:27:59 PM  
www.nationalreview.com

Thanks for the info, Bob Saget after having a stroke
 
2012-06-07 12:29:07 PM  
The Farty Party?
 
2012-06-07 12:30:34 PM  

Jackson Herring: The Farty Party?


A breakaway faction of the Bongo Party.
 
2012-06-07 12:31:57 PM  
Why did Obama deny his ties to ACORN? The group was notorious in 2008 for thug tactics, fraudulent voter registrations, and its role in popularizing risky subprime lending.

oh wow cool outright lies right there in the article, don't even have to wait for anyone to post them in the thread!
 
2012-06-07 12:37:38 PM  

DarwiOdrade: He had friends who were....Socialists (sob).


Socialists are pretty sexy though
 
2012-06-07 12:42:14 PM  

DarwiOdrade: He had friends who were....Socialists (sob). Well, we all make mistakes.


Don't be fooled. Communism is just a red herring.
 
CDP [TotalFark]
2012-06-07 12:42:42 PM  
No one of serious thought believes Obama is anything other than a socialist. We all know he grew up on a steady diet of Marx and leftist radicals. It is the job of the media to pretend Obama is a reasoned, moderate, slightly conservative progressive who stands in the center of American politics. They have to pretend that because they know the American people would never accept Obama the communist and fervent devote to liberation politics and the redistribution of Western wealth and property. The media can't let people see how dangerous Obama really is.

i132.photobucket.com
 
2012-06-07 12:43:53 PM  
zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
 
2012-06-07 12:44:33 PM  

BKITU: a red herring.


excuse me
 
2012-06-07 12:45:08 PM  
(c) I don't give a flying fark.
 
2012-06-07 12:46:10 PM  
I don't get the big deal. The right has been ranting that Obama is a socialist for 3 years now; nonstop. So even if this meant he is a socialist (which it doesn't), why is it news?
 
2012-06-07 12:49:17 PM  

Jackson Herring: BKITU: a red herring.

excuse me


It's NEVER Red Herring...

Well, OK, one time
 
2012-06-07 12:50:16 PM  
It was the Commufasocialist party wasn't it?
 
2012-06-07 12:51:13 PM  

gilgigamesh: I don't get the big deal. The right has been ranting that Obama is a socialist for 3 years now; nonstop. So even if this meant he is a socialist (which it doesn't), why is it news?


Well...when the story first broke back in 2008--he lied about it.

cdn.breitbart.com
 
2012-06-07 12:52:07 PM  

gilgigamesh: I don't get the big deal. The right has been ranting that Obama is a socialist for 3 years now; nonstop. So even if this meant he is a socialist (which it doesn't), why is it news?


Simple-

1. Claim that Obama was affiliated with a defunct and pretty much unknown political party.

2. Define that party as radical socialist/redistributionist/unionist.

3. Profit!
 
2012-06-07 12:54:56 PM  

THIS IS ALL THE GOP HAS

 
2012-06-07 12:56:14 PM  
Does this mean Sarah Palin is automatically President?
 
2012-06-07 12:57:19 PM  
Maybe I just can't find it on the site, but do they include scans of the original documents proving their claims anywhere?
 
2012-06-07 12:58:03 PM  
Is it still 1996? Because if not, then even if this story is true, it still doesn't matter.
 
2012-06-07 12:58:04 PM  

BravadoGT: Well...when the story first broke back in 2008--he lied about it.


What race did he run as the New Party candidate? That pictures says that in 1996 the New Party supported him, though he was the only candidate on the ballot and he didn't solicit the endorsement. Is that not what really happened?
 
2012-06-07 12:59:43 PM  
BTW, the wingnuts were all over this back in 2008 - Barack Obama Ran On A MARXIST PARTY Line in 1996


And they had already started to define the new party.
 
2012-06-07 01:00:48 PM  

gilgigamesh: I wish he was a socialist.

I also wish the word had a meaning in this country other than as an epithet for "crap I don't like".


But have you SEEN Europe? Horrible socialist nightmare over there. People dying in the streets in line to get a tooth pulled, full pensions, shorter work weeks and more vacation time! The living envy the dead! On top of that, they don't even have a bloated military that bombs brown people on the other side of the world. Would you really want that socialist hell hole to find its way here? I shudder to think.
 
2012-06-07 01:01:24 PM  

Dinki: BTW, the wingnuts were all over this back in 2008 - Barack Obama Ran On A MARXIST PARTY Line in 1996


And they had already started to define the new party.


So they really are just re-running the tape from 2008. They tried the inexperience card again, inexplicably. Now they're scraping the bottom of THAT barrel.
 
2012-06-07 01:02:41 PM  

vernonFL: Does this mean Sarah Palin is automatically President?


Actually it means that Sarah Palin has been president since 1996
 
2012-06-07 01:02:43 PM  
Nobody can bury their head in the sand quite as quickly as an Obama supporter.
 
2012-06-07 01:06:05 PM  

cameroncrazy1984: BravadoGT: Well...when the story first broke back in 2008--he lied about it.

What race did he run as the New Party candidate? That pictures says that in 1996 the New Party supported him, though he was the only candidate on the ballot and he didn't solicit the endorsement. Is that not what really happened?


Not according to the records in the Wisconsin Historical archives uncovered by Kurtz...FTFA

"Minutes of the meeting on January 11, 1996, of the New Party's Chicago chapter read as follows:

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.

Consistent with this, a roster of the Chicago chapter of the New Party from early 1997 lists Obama as a member, with January 11, 1996, indicated as the date he joined..."

and
 
2012-06-07 01:07:18 PM  

BravadoGT: cameroncrazy1984: BravadoGT: Well...when the story first broke back in 2008--he lied about it.

What race did he run as the New Party candidate? That pictures says that in 1996 the New Party supported him, though he was the only candidate on the ballot and he didn't solicit the endorsement. Is that not what really happened?

Not according to the records in the Wisconsin Historical archives uncovered by Kurtz...FTFA

"Minutes of the meeting on January 11, 1996, of the New Party's Chicago chapter read as follows:

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.

Consistent with this, a roster of the Chicago chapter of the New Party from early 1997 lists Obama as a member, with January 11, 1996, indicated as the date he joined..."

and


Okay. Where are these documents, then?
 
2012-06-07 01:08:13 PM  

FloydA: Is it still 1996? Because if not, then even if this story is true, it still doesn't matter.


If it's not 1996, why am I wearing a flannel and an Alice in Chains shirt?
 
2012-06-07 01:08:56 PM  

sweetmelissa31: FloydA: Is it still 1996? Because if not, then even if this story is true, it still doesn't matter.

If it's not 1996, why am I wearing a flannel and an Alice in Chains shirt?


You're likely a lesbian?
 
2012-06-07 01:08:58 PM  
The New Party was an attempt at making an electoral fusion party, a common institution in some local politics. It wasn't as if Obama was saying "I'm not a Democrat anymore; I'm with this new cultish new fringe party".

However, the problem is Obama specifically and emphatically denied he was member of the party, calling it a "crackpot smear", when he didn't necessarily have to. He could've just said something like "I was much younger, just entering the local political scene and was trying to find creative ways to achieve unity among the diverse interests and people I represented." The coverup's worse than the "scandal" in this case.
 
2012-06-07 01:11:47 PM  

BravadoGT: Farkers don't care that he is a socialist. That's just a plus around here.


We also do not care that you are a cheerleader for fascism.
 
2012-06-07 01:13:29 PM  
Whatever.

He still has my vote in November.
 
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