Communist Party editorial addresses election 2008

The Communist Party USA has published an editorial today outlining its perspective on this year’s presidential election. Much like 2004’s position paper (published in clarification of a forgery distributed by opponents of John Kerry), Eye on the Prize stresses removing the “ultra-right” from power, and lavishes praise on the nature of the Obama campaign if not its candidate:

Barack Obama is not a left candidate. This fact has seemingly surprised a number of progressive people who are bemoaning Obama’s “shift to the center.” (Right-wingers are happy to join them, suggesting Obama is a “flip-flopper.”) It’s sad that some who seek progressive change are missing the forest for the trees. But they will not dampen the wide and deep enthusiasm for blocking a third Bush term represented by John McCain, or for bringing Obama by a landslide into the White House with a large Democratic congressional majority.

A broad multiclass, multiracial movement is converging around Obama’s “Hope, change and unity” campaign because they see in it the thrilling opportunity to end 30 years of ultra-right rule and move our nation forward with a broadly progressive agenda.

The editorial continues with statements lauding the prospect of an African American president. The CPUSA last ran a presidential candidate in 1984, when Gus Hall came in 8th place with 36,386 votes.

2 thoughts on “Communist Party editorial addresses election 2008

  1. Mike Gillis

    If all you’re going to do is support Democrats, why even be a separate party?

    What’s the point?

  2. Fred Church Ortiz Post author

    Mike: I think I saw somewhere that they get a pretty decent haul from donations and bequests (7 figures, if memory serves). They’d lose a big chunk of that if they reorganized into something other than a separate Communist Party.

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