On the conservative Mike Gallagher radio show yesterday, former House Majority Tom DeLay, R-Texas, said "if McCain does not define him as what he is — hey, I have said publicly, and I will again, that unless he proves me wrong, he is a Marxist."
Gallagher said Obama is "desperately trying to cover up what seems to be the kind of old school Marxist radical liberal failed ideology."
"Absolutely," said DeLay, who is currently facing charges of money-laundering.
"That's what he is," said Gallagher.
"No doubt about it," said DeLay.
Seems a rather questionable charge. And you gotta love that disproving-a-negative construct. Unless Mr. X can prove me wrong he IS so-and-so. As in: Unless Mr. X can prove me wrong, he doesn't know what "Marxist" actually means.
While Obama is certainly a fairly orthodox liberal, I've seen zero evidence that he is anti-capitalist, that he believes the people own only their capacity to work, that he believes the proletariat are exploited by the owners of capital, that history should be seen purely through the lends of class struggle, or that religion is the opiate of the people ("Die Religion ... ist das Opium des Volkes.")
In fact, I've seen evidence to the contrary of every one of these Marxist ideologies.
Or…am I making a mistake by actually taking the charge seriously and trying to examine it?
Is this rhetoric evidence that Republicans have concluded the only way they can win in what looks to be a Democratic year is to say anything, everything, demonize Obama in the most non-factual and unsavory of ways?