Of course, there were some Kerry supporters in attendance who had no doubts whatever about their candidate..
"We're trying to get Comrade Kerry elected and get that capitalist enabler George Bush out of office," said 17-year-old Komoselutes Rob of Communists for Kerry.
"Even though he, too, is a capitalist, he supports my socialist values more than President Bush," Rob said, before assuring FOXNews.com that his organization was not a parody group. When asked his thoughts on Washington's policy toward Communist holdout North Korea, Rob said: "The North Koreans are my comrades to a point, and I'm sure they support Comrade Kerry, too."
It is unclear whether the Kerry campaign has welcomed the Communists' endorsement
Now a quick check over at "Communists for Kerry" shows that...
"Communists for Kerry" is a campaign of the Hellgate Republican Club, a tax exempt non-partisan public advocacy "527" organization that exists for the purpose of;
"Informing voters with satire and irony, how political candidates make decisions based on the failed social economic principles of socialism that punish the individual by preventing them from becoming their dream through proven ideas of entrepreneurship and freedom."
Our members help elect candidates who support economic growth through Entrepreneurship, limited government and lower taxes. Communists For Kerry is separate and distinct from the Communist party of America and any of its organization. None of it's members are members of any communist organizations.
Just for the record, here's the real Communist Party's position on the 2004 elections:
In the past month, several phony reports have been circulated by right-leaning papers and websites -- making various false claims about the Communist Party position on the 2004 elections.
Some have dabbled in dirty tricks to smear Kerry using the toxic mix of red-baiting and forgery. For instance, several websites have allowed a forged document to be posted that appears be an official CPUSA endorsement of Kerry, but it is in fact an incompetent counterfeit. They not only twisted our position around, they even got the name of our National Chair wrong (It's Sam Webb, not Marc Brodine)!
The red-baiting forgeries are just another part of the Bush campaign which is running on lies and fear. So, for the record, the CPUSA position on the 2004 elections:
1. The CPUSA is doing our utmost to help defeat Bush.
We're deeply concerned about the great dangers of a second Bush term, as is the majority of the country and world and every major progressive organization. On a wide range of key issues (Social security, healthcare, reproductive rights, overtime pay, minimum wage, and much more), there are real, substantial differences between Bush and Kerry.
2. The CPUSA does not endorse any candidate for President in the 2004 election.
We do not endorse the candidates of other political parties. We
have refrained from fielding our own candidate so as not to
distract from the main effort of defeating Bush and the
ultra-riight extremist agenda.
3. The CPUSA has it's own independent political platform for the 2004 elections.
Though our platform goes much further towards full social justice than
Kerry's, to win any of it requires defeating Bush. A movement
that can break the Republican stranglehold on government could
then win social progress on many fronts.
If you would like more information on the CPUSA, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212-989-4884. Thanks, and vote against Bush on November 2nd.
Now clearly the Communists would prefer John Kerry to George W. Bush- but then again, so what? Only right-wing extremists and the uninformed really prefer George W. Bush, and the Communists in the USA aren't exactly as dangerous as say, the militia movement, whose members are embraced by the Republican Party, and whose members have given aid and comfort to the likes of Timothy McVeigh, the Oklahoma City bomber and murderer of over 160 people.
Moreover, more of the Communist Party's positions if properly "framed," would probably resonate with more Americans than Republican positions if they were honestly conveyed. (They would be a wash on civil liberties, for example). Don't get me wrong: I think they're loonies, and their idea of "democratic centralism" is repulsive, not to mention real Communists' economic and political track records.
Update: Atrios notes the absurd dishonesty of Fox's "correction" on this story which was updated after the original was posted here.
Is it any wonder that folks who watch The Daily Show are better informed than Fox viewers? At least the folks watching The Daily Show know that what they're watching is mostly made up. The Fox viewers actually think they're getting something "truthful," "fair" and "balanced."