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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

We’re Just Not That Into Obama

Michael Barone
The president’s backers use race as an excuse for his ebbing support.

As Barack Obama’s lead over Mitt Romney in the polls narrows, and his presumed fundraising advantage seems about to become a disadvantage, it’s alibi time for some of his backers.

His problem, they say, is that some voters don’t like him because he’s black. Or they don’t like his policies because they don’t like having a black president.

So, you see, if you don’t like Obamacare, it’s not because it threatens to take away your health insurance, or to deny coverage for some treatments. It’s because you don’t like black people.

This sort of thing seems to be getting more frequent, or at least more open. As White House Dossier writer Keith Koffler notes, HBO host Bill Maher accused Internet titan Matt Drudge of being animated by racism because he highlights anti-Obama stories.

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews asked former San Francisco mayor Willie Brown if Representative Darrell Issa’s treatment of Attorney General Eric Holder was “ethnic.” Brown said it was, and Matthews said some Republicans “talk down to the president and his friends.”

There’s an obvious problem with the racism alibi: Barack Obama has run for president before, and he won. Voters in 2008 knew he was black. Most of them voted for him. He carried 28 states and won 365 electoral votes.

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