Obama’s Community Organiser Experience

Michelle Malkin makes some good points about what was said by Republicans at the convention about Obama’s community organizer experience.

Point 1: No one is mocking real community organisers, just pointing out that that job is hardly good experience to move into the White House on.

Let me clarify something. Nobody is mocking community organizers in church basements and community centers across the country working to improve their neighbors’ lives. What deserves ridicule is the notion that Barack Obama’s brief stint as a South Side rabble-rouser for tax-subsidized, partisan non-profits qualifies as executive experience you can believe in.

Point 2: What Obama was doing was not a simple “helping the community” role.

What deserves derision is “community organizing” that relies of a community of homeless people and ex-cons to organize for the purpose of registering dead people and shaking down corporations and using the race card as a bludgeon.

As I’ve reported previously, Obama’s community organizing days revolved around training grievance-mongers from the far left group ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now). The ACORN mob is infamous for its bully tactics (which they dub “direct actions”); Obama supporters have recounted his role in organizing an ambush of a government planning meeting on a landfill project opposed by Chicago minority lobbies.

With benefactors like Obama in office, ACORN has milked nearly four decades of government subsidies to prop up chapters that promote the welfare state, undermine the free market, and perpetuate illegal immigration and voter fraud. Since I last detailed ACORN’s illicit activities in this column in June (see “The ACORN Obama knows,” June 19, 2008), the group continues to garner scrutiny of law enforcement:

Read the whole thing, then consider whether the illegal and corrupt activity described should be in the newspapers instead of what McCain’s VP nominee’s daughter’s fiance’s My Space page says.

Then think about how many months the MSM have had to get to the bottom of a real story like this, but in 4 days pulled up so much fluff about remotely connected to Palin.


  1. 1. Let me get this straight, community organizer (from 1990) isn’t worthy of discussing as part of a candidate’s work history, but PTA is? John McCain, on last Saturday’s NBC Nightly News clearly used PTA as one of Palin’s qualifications.

    2. You do realize that Malkin is spinning the living bejesus out of this, right? Hell, she spins the living bejesus out of EVERYTHING to turn it into an insane right argument about the insane left.

    And honestly, my issue wasn’t with Rudy’s “joke”, or even Palin’s follow-up. It’s about the fact that when Rudy’s ham-fisted “joke” was delivered, it was absolutely NOT intended to be about his experience, and he absolutely WAS belittling the community organizer role….and the crowd instantly and clearly laughed along with his implications. Watch the video again. It’s very very clear.

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