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 Obamaâ€™s “shift to the center.” (Right-wingers are happy to join them, suggesting Obama is a “flip-flopper.”) Itâ€™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 Obamaâ€™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.