Apparently the Washington Examiner didn't want to be left behind in the right-wing race to the bottom in distorting President Obama's appeal to supporters for the 2010 election, so this morning the paper sent out this lovely bit of work:
That's right, the Examiner morphed Obama's comments about turning out “young people, African-Americans, Latinos, and women who powered our victory in 2008” into a “diss” of “white guys.” As Simon Maloy and Matt Gertz have pointed out, Obama was simply discussing turning out his base voters - something any politician who has ever won a race knows to do. The mental gymnastics involved in making this leap would easily qualify for the next Olympics, but sadly the Examiner is just following in the footsteps of its conservative comrades-in-arms.
Then again, this is a paper that published a column a year ago explaining that Obama's approval ratings “appear a bit more popular overall than they actually are” because of high support among black voters.
So maybe it's a theme.