Damning With Faint Praise

The word’s been knocking around the blogosphere:  The “Socialist Party of America” had named seventy “socialist” US Senators and Representatives.

The problem?:

Quote: The Socialist Party of America announced in their October 2009 newsletter that 70 Congressional democrats currently belong to their caucus.

The problem here is the Socialist Party of America does not exist.

The second problem is the newsletter of question/statement also does not exist. Here is the DSA newsletter for the Fall of 2009 and here is the SP-USA’s newsletter which never published an October 2009 edition.

The American Socialist Party is not the Socialist Party USA and the Socialist Party of America has not existed since 1973 after it had a three way split.

On the one hand, if there’s anything more tedious than listening to Libertarians describe all the different flavors in their own party, it’s listening to socialists talk about the various internecine splits, gyrations and flips they’ve gone through.  I start reading it, and start to picture…:

Apparently the “SPoA” is really just a list of the “Congressional Progressive Caucus“.

Tomayto, Tomahto, really, but accuracy counts.

4 thoughts on “Damning With Faint Praise

  1. William F. Buckley, Jr. once asked: “Perhaps Domocrats don’t have Soviet interests at heart; but if they did, how would their actions be any different?”

    I still wonder.


  2. Nate; Its the same question people have asked ever since Harry Hopkins was sworn in as Secretary of Commerce.

  3. “At the basic point of the revolution the shift of power from business to government the two kinds of revolutionists were at one; and they shared many other views and hopes. Thus men who sincerely abhorred the word Communism, in the pursuit of common ends found that they were unable to distinguish Communists from themselves, except that it was the Communists who were likely to be most forthright and most dedicated in the common cause. For men who could not see that what they firmly believed was liberalism added up to socialism could scarcely be expected to see what added up to Communism. Any charge of Communism enraged them precisely because they could not grasp the differences between themselves and those against whom it was made.”

    – Whittaker Chambers

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