Thursday, April 30, 2009

But Who’s Counting?

Byron York of the National Review says that President Obama’s high poll numbers are only because he’s very popular among the African-American community.

On his 100th day in office, Barack Obama enjoys high job approval ratings, no matter what poll you consult. But if a new survey by the New York Times is accurate, the president and some of his policies are significantly less popular with white Americans than with black Americans, and his sky-high ratings among African-Americans make some of his positions appear a bit more popular overall than they actually are.

Mr. York’s contention is that if you don’t count the black voters, Mr. Obama would be just your average president. The assumption is that African-Americans support Mr. Obama simply because he’s “one of them,” not because they might agree with his policies — they’re too stupid to know anything about complicated issues like health care, education, and unemployment — and therefore their opinion shouldn’t really count.

And the GOP wonders why they can’t get any traction with the African-American community.