In our view, the differences between the two parties of capitalism are of consequence to class and democratic struggles. Neither party is anti-capitalist, but they aren't identical either. Differences exist at the levels of policy and social composition. And despite the many frustrations of the past two years, the election of Barack Obama was historic and gave space to struggle for a people's agenda.Though Webb says Communists "would have been on the defensive from day one" had the Republicans won the presidency in 2008, the point is undermined by the fact that their support for the Democrats is part and parcel of a defensive and reactionary political strategy, the primary aim of which is purely negative in character: ensuring that Republicans are defeated by Democrats. In other words, it is nothing more than lesser evilism in the guise of progressive reformism. He concludes:
If, on the other hand, the Republicans had been victorious in 2008 the character of class and democratic struggles would have unfolded very differently. Our movement would have been on the defensive from Day One, the Democrats would be running for cover, and the Republicans would have an unfettered hand in their efforts to liquidate the welfare state, roll back the rights revolution of the 1930s and 1960s, and crush the people's movement - labor in the first place. [Emphasis added.]
We are keenly aware of the fact that the agenda of the far right is to bring this administration and country to its knees, with a heavy dose of racism, lies and economic sabotage, setting the stage for a full blown return to power of the most reactionary, racist, anti-labor, anti-women, homophobic and militarist grouping in U.S. politics . . . no other party besides the Democratic Party stands a chance of beating the GOP next year.Needless to say, liberal and progressive Democrats are not touting the endorsement in their commentaries and fundraising letters, while the more militant elements in the Communist party rank and file have been vocal opponents of Webb's political strategy. On the other hand, ironically, tea party groups that have been co-opted and infiltrated by Republican party hacks are among the most passionate supporters of the negative and reactionary lesser-evilist political strategy favored by Webb, but from the other direction, of course.