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Continuing to protect us from the threat of global communism, the folks at the Corner voice some concerns about Obama's parents (HT DailyKos):

Until I came across this article by Cliff Kincaid of Accuracy in Media, which I regard as factual with all that that implies the questions about Obama's background that should have come naturally never quite rose to the surface of my mind. Barack Obama is the new man, of course. His mixed race is a symbol of that. Just like Tiger Woods as we have read, endlessly. What's to wonder about?

But maybe it's not so simple. Obama and I are roughly the same age. I grew up in liberal circles in New York City a place to which people who wished to rebel against their upbringings had gravitated for generations. And yet, all of my mixed race, black/white classmates throughout my youth, some of whom I am still in contact with, were the product of very culturally specific unions. They were always the offspring of a white mother, (in my circles, she was usually Jewish, but elsewhere not necessarily) and usually a highly educated black father. And how had these two come together at a time when it was neither natural nor easy for such relationships to flourish? Always through politics. No, not the young Republicans. Usually the Communist Youth League. Or maybe a different arm of the CPUSA. But, for a white woman to marry a black man in 1958, or 60, there was almost inevitably a connection to explicit Communist politics. (During the Clinton Administration we were all introduced to then U. of Pennsylvania Professor Lani Guinier also a half black/half Jewish, red diaper baby.) . . . Political correctness was invented precisely to prevent the mainstream liberal media from persuing the questions which might arise about how Senator Obama's mother, from Kansas, came to marry an African graduate student. Love? Sure, why not? But what else was going on around them that made it feasible? . . . Time for some investigative journalism about the Obama family's background, now that his chances of being president have increased so much.

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What a deeply stupid argument. Even if Obama's mother turned out to have been in the leadership of the CPUSA, what possible difference could it make with so many former Reds now accepted by the National Review as born again neo-cons? Or has science suddenly proven that political position is nothing more than a genetic trait?

I've probably been watching too much Stephen Colbert. This inept smear sounds like the kind of "nutty conservative" line he might deliver with meaningful smirk and stern glare. And a big laugh would follow, as its pretension to any logic whatsoever would sink in.

As awful as this is (and talk about the conservative crack-up...what's up with NR?) it's good to post this and get it out there. Thanks.

I agree, David. I think it's completely self-discrediting. The more people who read it, the worse it is for the NR. It's disgusting, but it is interesting in an anthropological sort of way.

One of the dumbest things I've read in this (or any) political season. But wait...The author posted her speculation about Obama's "red diapers" on the same day Castro officially stepped down. That can't be coincidence. Believe me, I won't be surprised to learn that Obama's father spent some quality formation time in Havana before beginning his mission to inject Communist ideology directly into the White House through the use of a surrogate, i.e., the child he planned to have with an American woman, and whom he programmed to run for president of the U.S. one day. (Didn't Obama after all announce in kindergarten that he wanted to be president? Almost blew his cover with that slip!) It's really a diabolical plan when one thinks it through. Just a little more legwork, and NRO's got a major scoop on this story.

To quote the Music Man: An idle mind is the devil's playground.On the other hand, I have it from very good sources that Obama secretly is addicted to Hostess Twinkies and may be a potential assassin of gay politicians on the West Coast.

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