By THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Desperate Democrats and their co-conspirators in the media are busy trying to whip up a race war.
"The health care bill is not the main source of this anger and never has been. It's merely a handy excuse," Frank Rich wrote in a recent New York Times column. Their line is that all those opposed to the president's radical agenda are racists who resent having a black man as president. It is a moldy, old smear, but as approval ratings for Mr. Obama sink below 50 percent, it is being revisited with increasing fervor.
According to the latest Gallup weekly data, only 38 percent of whites approve of Mr. Obama's performance, down from 63 percent when he took office. Of course, if these people were racists, they never would have given Mr. Obama their support to begin with, but the liberal howls of "white flight" are resistant to elementary logic.
Critics focus on racial data because they want to make race the center of the argument. This is a way to avoid the inconvenient truth that vast segments of the electorate are becoming disenchanted with Mr. Obama's broken promises. The American middle class is deserting him in droves.