According to MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, Obama’s falling support among white voters has nothing to do with his record – it has everything to do with racism.
Newsbusters’ Noel Sheppard reports that on his weekend program, Matthews “smelled racism in the declining number of whites supporting the President.”
Sheppard posted a transcript of Matthews’ remarks:
CHRIS MATTHEWS: First up, the very fact of President Barack Obama is a resounding affirmation these two generations later of Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream. It was 48 years ago today that Dr. King talked of an America that could truly be called a shining city on a hill. That dream seemed to be coming true three years ago today when the newly-nominated Barack Obama wove the promise of Dr. King into his appeal for the votes of all Americans.
(VIDEO CLIP OF BARACK OBAMA’S NOMINATION ACCEPTANCE SPEECH ON AUGUST 28, 2008)
MATTHEWS: Obama went on to win 43 percent of white votes in that fall’s election, and that may sound low but Democrats really never win a white majority. Bill Clinton got 43 percent of votes, of white votes back in ’96. Al Gore got just 42 percent, and John Kerry got only 41 percent of white votes in 2004. So Obama’s 43 percent of white votes in 2008 was on the high end.
As Sheppard points out, Obama did just as well as Clinton did among white voters in 1996, and slightly better than Al Gore and John Kerry.
But Matthews is upset because only 36 percent of white voters support Obama – and that, to him, proves that white voters are racist.
MATTHEWS: But last November’s shellacking of Democrats in the midterm elections came with a dramatic retreat. White voters deserted Democrats running for Congress. Democrats actually got only 37 percent of white votes last November – 37 percent.
It’s all very worrying for the Obama reelection campaign because in the most recent NBC poll, he, the president, is down to just 36 percent of whites.
Sheppard writes that instead of looking at the obvious reason for Obama’s falling numbers – namely, Obama’s failed policies – Matthews and his guests “discussed how Republicans are going to use race in the upcoming campaign.”
Moreover, no one discussed the fact that a Gallup poll shows Obama has lost support among African-Americans.
An article at Rawstory.com observed:
A Gallup poll last week found Obama’s poll numbers in the African American community down from its once stratospheric 95 percent approval early in his term, to a still-high, but notably lower 81 percent — tying his worst ever showing from earlier this year.
Sheppard asks: “Have fourteen percent of African-Americans suddenly started hating African-Americans, or is there something about Obama’s policies that is turning them off too?”
The reality, as Sheppard writes, is that anyone who does not vote for Obama will be labeled a racist by the entire Democrat-media complex.
With unemployment guaranteed to remain high, and the economy teetering on a double-dip recession, the President isn’t going to be able to run on his record.
This means his minions in the media are going to be playing the race card at every turn – they’ve got nothing else in their hand.
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