First up, Byron York tries to defend his column wherein he suggests that Obama's popularity among African-Americans artificially inflates his approval numbers. His defense:
So I wrote that citing Obama's "sky-high ratings among African-Americans make some of his positions appear a bit more popular overall than they actually are." I thought the word "overall" conveyed the idea that there was a difference between the total job-approval number and the complexities of opinion of Obama on various issues. Maybe "across-the-board" would have been better than "overall," but I doubt that would have kept a left-wing activist like Matthew Yglesias, or Andrew Sullivan, who has himself been accused of racism and, quite recently, anti-Semitism, from branding me a racist. The numbers inside the Times poll are newsworthy, if the critics would take the time to read and analyze them.Interesting that York seems to think the problem with his initial wording is his use of "overall", and not "than they actually are." And by "interesting" I mean "I genuinely can't tell if he's really that dense, or just scrambling for any fox hole in a barrage."
Our second item comes from the Congressional Hispanic Congress, who are a little miffed at getting lumped in with terrorists and scary Marxist South Americans by John Boehner. (In case you missed it in the video, the still photo of Obama sitting with the CHC is sandwiched between Obama shaking hands with Hugo Chavez, and a bunch of angry, swarthy men burning an American flag.)
Boehner spokesman Michael Steel (really? Another one? I guess Max Power was taken) dismissed the complaint.
This is beyond silly. The video also includes an image of the President speaking at the House Democratic Retreat in Virginia. Is the Congressional Hispanic Caucus suggesting that every Democrat in the House is connected with terrorists? Of course not. America’s national security is serious. This complaint is not.No, Michael, it would appear to be Rep. Boehner who is suggesting that every Democrat in the House is connected with terrorists. Thanks for the clarification though.