“No Labels” Tries to Redefine Obama into the Center




by Ben Johnson

This author has reported extensively on the new faux centrist organization “No Labels” and its organizers’ efforts to form a new, national third party in time for the 2012 presidential elections. After its kickoff event yesterday in New York City, it is clear the group is rendering yet another service to the president: It attempts to portray Barack Obama as a centrist.

In a story today, Politico surmizes that No Labels “may inadvertently serve a stalking horse for President Barack Obama.” However, it does not seem so very inadvertent. Democratic donor Jim Torrey, who attended the event, admitted, “Of all the people in the audience, if you drilled down you wouldn’t find that many Republicans.” The few who showed up were either “former” Democrats (Mark McKinnon, Michael Bloomberg) or RINOs run herd out of the GOP by the Tea Party movement (Mike Castle, Bob Inglis).

Torrey added that Obama “aligned with the values of this organization.” He was right — and that seems to be the group’s current raison d’etre: to pretend its views are the political “center,” and coincidentally Barack Obama shares them all. Thus, whoever opposes his agenda is an extremist who must be read out of polite political society.

The attempt to demonize the flyover country booboisie began on schedule. One participant told the gathering, “You just have to look to Arizona to see extremists who are trying to divide us.” Upon hearing this, Jim Geraghty of National Review wrote, “I thought the point of the group was to stop labeling people; but I guess it’s okay to label the overwhelming majority of Arizonans ‘extremists.’”

On the contrary, that is its purpose: to beat back the Tea Party, revive the spirit of Bob Michel, and keep the country moving steadily to the Left.

As I have noted, the Left center’s target is not just Arizonans. The majority of Americans support Arizona’s immigration law, and 68 percent of Americans support building a border fence. But the intelligentsia gain votes, cheap labor, or inexpensive house servants from our Open Borders immigration policy, so they portray the vast majority of Americans as victims of “nativism” and “racism.”

Enforcing our immigration laws was but one front of the No Labels labeling effort. Its neutered RINOs took relish in lambasting their former party. Former Congressman Bob Inglis of South Carolina, who lost his primary to a more conservative challenger, hailed Obama’s willingness to “compromise” on taxes, saying, “I’m willing to believe that that’s what Obama’s really been always been [sic.] about.” (It is not, in fact, what Obama’s really been always been about.) He blamed the GOP for telling the president, “we can’t cooperate — we’ve got to call him a socialist, we’ve got to call him a secret Muslim.”

Now the game is clear. “No Labels,” representing the make-believe middle, decrees that only extremists believe the president — who has long expressed his desire to take wealth from those who earned it and redistribute it to others who have not — is a socialist. Sober-minded people such as — well, such as themselves – “cooperate” with the Great One.

The new assault on non-compliant politicians recalls Obama’s year-long attempt to delegitimize Fox News. Obama’s surrogates said it had “a perspective” and unbiased media should not follow its example. Failing at that, he moved on to belittling John Boehner.

This reporter has noted the president’s attempt to redefine the political spectrum to place himself in the center. Former Weather Underground leader Bill Ayers recently endorsed Jon Stewart’s “Rally to Restore Sanity” — essentially a day-long Hate Glenn Beckfest — at about the same time Barack Obama did. Funny, that.

At the same time, Barack Obama is attempting to move the Left further leftward. This author reported that the Obamas’ and Valerie Jarrett‘s radical friend Marilyn Katz has called for a new Popular Front to give the extreme Left a mainstream voice. Her effort is the “bottom-up” component of the Left’s pincer movement to radicalize America. They hope it will soon be impossible to express mainstream conservative thought without being branded a hatemonger or troglodyte.

In recent weeks, Obama and his minions have redoubled their efforts. Obama has likened Republicans to “hostage-takers” and Boehner to a “bomb-thrower.” The Southern Poverty Law Center has branded traditional Christian ministries like Coral Ridge Ministries, the American Family Association, the Family Research Council, and Concerned Women for America as “hate groups.” The FBI now spies on pro-life organizations, and the Department of Homeland Security considers Christian conservatives likely domestic terrorists.

No Labels seems happy to do its part. However, some of its organizers cannot bring themselves to pretend they actually represent any constituency. No less a titan than Michael Bloomberg admitted, “It’s not clear that the average voter wants what we are all advocating.” The event’s kickoff panels were hosted by media figures that spanned the political spectrum from MSNBC to…the New York Times. Politico reported that a few more than 500 people showed up from around the country for yesterday’s gala. (In characteristic hyperbole, its website estimated attendance at “more than 1,000 people.”) The group sold a whopping 88 t-shirts, or 113 if you count online sales. (Incidentally, No Labels plagiarized its logos, although it initially lied about it.)

Nonetheless, its organizers still talk a big game. Nancy Jacobson said No Labels plans to have one million members within the next year. Fellow organizer John Avlon hoped No Labels will begin a political action committee to “go on the offense.”

Slow down, John. Your work seems offensive enough.



About Ben Johnson

Ben Johnson is the editor of several conservative websites. A seasoned journalist, he has broken a host of news stories of national importance and written sizzling editorials that started the nation talking. A former talk show host, he has been a guest on The Michael Savage Show, Nothing But Truth with Crane Durham, Crosstalk on VCY America, The G. Gordon Liddy Show, The Bob Dutko Show, and scores of local programs. The Managing Editor of FrontPage Magazine (2004-2010) and previously its Associate Editor (2003-2004), he is the author of three books. He maintains his own website, TheRightsWriter.com, which you can view here. You can contact him here.
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19 Responses to “No Labels” Tries to Redefine Obama into the Center

  1. stevor says:

    It’s just the GOP and Democrats trying to further divide those who think their parties are CORRUPT. Divide and conquer (or divide and confuse).

  2. hijinx60 says:

    It has been shown over the years that a third party hurts the right/Republican party. This is their goal. IF Obama runs again (and I don't think he will) he would be more likely to win and probably will is the nightmare DREAM Act is passed.

  3. chwills says:

    It was the no labels crowd, (politically correct bunch), that refused to acknowledge that 98% of all terrorists are Muslims. They are the ones who said, "we can't call them what they are, Muslim Terorists; we have to call them enemy combatants because we don't want to label them. They also said, it's not a war on terrorism, it's an overseas contengency operation.
    It's just more smoke blowing and BS from the communists, but we have to call them left wing liberals instead. Well I call um like I see and these communist A__ H____'s have to go.

  4. chwills says:

    Obama and his communist cohorts gained control of the Democrat Party. Obama had connections with criminals in the unions, and he is a member of or helped build such un-American groups as ACORN, Black Panthers, and Nation of Islam. Those same covert groups, aided by the unions, helped him win the presidential election by rigging the voting process, stealing the identities of the deceased and using illegal aliens to vote multiple times using fraudulent identities.
    Obama is not a natural born citizen, and Pelosi concealed it and the mediua went along and hid it from the American public. It's time to impeach Obama, and vote all Communists, (Democrats), out of office.

  5. marain says:

    Just another Marxist organization trying to use ignorance and racism/class hatred to tear the country apart. I'm assuming the majority of 18- to 20-somethings will flock to it in droves. It usually takes til about 30 to learn from your past mistakes; until then, you just keep making the same ones over and over under new labels.

  6. draeh2020 says:

    No labels sent me an email wanting me to sign thier pledge. I sent one back letting those commies know that there wasn't a chance in hell I would sign thier potition. Whay a bunch of morons.

  7. Angelicsweep says:

    Everything has a label whether the left likes it or not…it is how we define what a product is. Can you see yourself going into a grocerystore and not seeing anything but label-less cans lining the shelves? What the left is doing is trying to say a leopard can change its’ spots…NOT going to happen no more than we are going to see label-less cans on the grocery shelves. The left are what they are, droping labels is NOT going to change that…a skunk by any other name…STILL STINKS!

  8. commiehunter says:

    We already have a 'No Label' party, it is the Democrat party. That's because there are no "Democrats" in the 'Democrat' party they are Communists pretending to be Democrats. In America Marxists cannot run as Communists so they 'hide' in orgnizations with flowery names like the Southern Poverty (poverty, doesn't that pull at your heart strings) Law something or other or the ACLU perhaps, you get the idea. Most of them are in Hollywood. So a 'No Label' party would just be another Hate America First Party. A pile of Dung is a pile of Dung by any other name.

  9. DavidinAnnArbor says:

    a) Obama has "long expressed his desire to take wealth from those who earned it and redistribute it to others who have not". Your remarks suggest a moral disapprobation towards welfare, and programs like WIC, which seem to me to be an essential element of a well-functioning society. Such programs clearly involve redistributing earned wealth by taxation to people who have not earned it– and surely it is not wrong for people to receive assistance from such redistribution.

    b) In replying to Inglis, I notice you don't address the 'secret Muslim' allegation, a common trope in the comboxes on this blog. He surely has a point about that kind of rhetoric (see also the use of 'communist' and 'marxist' in this combox).

  10. Jim in Midland says:

    @DavidinAnnArbor: Spoken like a true denizen of the lush, green liberal den that is the beautiful city of Ann Arbor. Great place to visit. The issue here is not the support that those who are truly down on their luck require, it is the use of said entitlements as a tool of the left to further burden and create State dependants to promote the socialist agenda. We need to keep people from hitting the pavement too hard, but immediately get them up and running again.. Whether that be by a job, or like I did when I couldn’t find one, starting a business. Either way keep the damn lefties away from regulations and money, they ruin both.

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  15. No Labels supporter says:

    As a proud member of No Labels, I find it somewhat amusing that people from the left and right, when confronted by self-professing moderates, automatically assume that it means we’re part of the opposing party.

    The truth is, people, that both sides need to learn to work together or our biggest fears as a nation are going to come true by default, as a self-fulfilling prophecy. And that is what No Labels is about and trying to accomplish; it is our only agenda.

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