With the news of Stanley Kurtz’ NRO piece about Obama’s membership in a radical, communist-styled political party in Chicago making the rounds today, it is instructive to note that bloggers had all this info years ago, before Obama ran for the White House in 2008.
Back in the late 1990, then State Senate candidate Barack OBama attended meetings in Chicago of the “New Party,” a radical, left-wing pseudo party whose goal was to push very radical leftist ideas and candidates. Obama joined that party and sought openly sought their support.
When all this news came about in 2007 and 2008, Obama’s operatives vehemently denied Obama’s participation with the radical New Party. Kurtz himself wrote of this back in 2008 and was roundly criticized for it.
Today Kurtz is ballyhooing further proof that he was right all along.
Recently obtained evidence from the updated records of Illinois ACORN at the Wisconsin Historical Society now definitively establishes that Obama was a member of the New Party. He also signed a “contract” promising to publicly support and associate himself with the New Party while in office.
Kurtz reports that the minutes of the meeting Obama attended attest to his participation. Those notes say:
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.
But none of this is new. Bloggers, especially those in Chicago, had all this long before Kurtz wrote about it.
Brenda J. Elliott of the blog rb02 corrects the record today with her post titled RW/RBO wrote about Sen. Barack O’bomb’em’s New Party-ACORN ties in April 2008.
While admitting in his 2008 article that “a small group of bloggers have productively explored Obama’s New Party ties”, Kurtz can never bring himself to give credit where it is due. If it were not for this “small group of bloggers” Kurtz and others who have capitalized on that research would not be writing about it.
Along with herself, Elliot notes that Chicagoans such as Bill Baar and Dan Curry also had the story.
The fact that this is suddenly “news” again really does show how the Old Media has failed in its job to vet Barack Obama.