Inconvenient Allies

Obama supporters gathered to celebrate their man’s victory; one of them unfurled a rather shocking symbol: the hammer and sickle flag of the defunct Union of Soviet Socialist Republics:

Reporters covering the scene were taken aback, but it was no fluke: at the antiwar marches that helped launch Obama as a national figure, Soviet flags, images of Che Guevara and other Communist placards and symbols were commonplace, as we and others documented at the time. Most of these marches and rallies were organized by International ANSWER and other Communist groups. So it’s not surprising that some of Obama’s supporters take his pledge to “spread the wealth around” a little too literally. These are among the many disreputable associations that Obama will try to leave behind as he prepares to assume the Presidency.

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