DeLay On Obama: ‘Unless He Proves Me Wrong, He Is A Marxist’

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"DeLay On Obama: ‘Unless He Proves Me Wrong, He Is A Marxist’"

delaytux.jpgOn right-winger Mike Gallagher’s radio show today, former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX), who is currently facing charges of money laundering and conspiracy to launder money, launched a fringe attack on Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) by claiming that he is a Marxist. “I have said publicly, and I will again, that unless he proves me wrong, he is a Marxist,” DeLay declared.

Gallagher couldn’t agree more, saying “that’s what he is”:

GALLAGHER: Yeah, that’s, we hear that everyday. Congressman, every day someone will say to me, and I’ve said it, it’s as if this were a guy who’s desperately trying to cover up what seems to be the kind of old school Marxist, radical liberal failed ideology.

DELAY: Absolutely.

GALLAGHER: That’s what he is.

DELAY: No doubt about it.

Listen here:

[flv http://video.thinkprogress.org/2008/06/DeLayObamaMarxist.320.40.flv]

The laughable Marxist charge is not a new attack from the right.

In April, after Obama made his now-infamous “bitter” remarks, Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol claimed in his New York Times column that it was a reiteration of “Marx’s famous statement about religion.” Karl Rove agreed, calling the comments “almost Marxian.”

Perhaps worse, Obama’s Senate colleague, Joe Lieberman (I-CT), told Fox News Radio that it was “a good question” to ask if Obama is “a Marxist,” though he said he would “hesitate” to call him one himself.

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Transcript:

GALLAGHER: There are reports of dissent within the Obama camp, that they don’t want to have a Clinton on the ticket. Listen, if their pride gets in the way, because I’m with ya, I think that they ought to recognize what she could do for them. But if they reject her, I think John McCain — that’s going to be good news for Sen. McCain.

DELAY: Oh I think it’s good news for Sen. McCain, the other weakness that he [Obama] has is that nobody knows him. And 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: Yeah, that’s, we hear that everyday. Congressman, every day someone will say to me, and I’ve said it, it’s as if this were a guy who’s desperately trying to cover up what seems to be the kind of old school Marxist, radical liberal failed ideology.

DELAY: Absolutely.

GALLAGHER: That’s what he is.

DELAY: No doubt about it.

GALLAGHER: And John McCain, it’s incumbent upon John McCain to point that out because if he doesn’t, people are going to get enamored with this guy the way they did.

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