Something New Here

Stanley Kurtz is the independent researcher who has been performing the job traditionally performed by an honest press in investigating the background of a presidential candidate. Kurtz has made himself something of a one-man truth squad exploring the past assocations and allegiances of Barack Obama. Today he continues his investigation in the NRO column “Something New Here.”

Kurtz takes a look at Obama’s connection to the New Party and to the meaning of this connection. A key source for Kurtz’s look at the New Party is Micah Sifry’s Spoiling for a Fight (a book which I briefly reviewed for the Claremont Review of Books).

Kurtz writes: “Obama’s New Party ties give the lie to his claim to be a post-partisan, post-ideological pragmatist.” At the heart of the New Party Kurtz discovers one other friend and supporter of Obama: “Particularly in Chicago, the New Party functioned as the electoral arm of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN).”

So what? “So despite repeated attempts to distance himself from ACORN, Obama’s New Party ties raise disturbing questions about his links to those proudly militant leftists. The media’s near-total silence on this critical element of Obama’s past is deeply irresponsible.” But we’re getting used to that.

PAUL adds: Stanley is with the Ethics and Public Policy Center. He is, as Scott says, independent in thought and judgment. He is not part of the MSM, which has studiously avoided the areas into which Stanley has performed his valuable and painstaking research.

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