Island Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse today called opponents
of the Obamacare bill lunatic extremists during a floor speech,
failing to account for the fact that in every leading opinion
poll almost two thirds of Americans fall into that category.
"They are desperate to break this president. They have
ardent supporters who are nearly hysterical at the very election
of President Barack Obama." Whitehouse commented, adding
"The birthers, the fanatics, the people running around
in right-wing militias and Aryan support groups, it is unbearable
to them that President Barack Obama should exist. That is one
powerful reason. It is not the only one."
Whitehouse cited an editorial by The relatively unknown Manchester
Journal Inquirer in which the editor described the Republican
party as being "dominated by the lunatic fringe",
adding that it "has poisoned itself with hate."
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Clearly, both the Senator and the bastions of journalistic
integrity at the Manchester Journal Inquirer have not bothered
to look at the latest opinion polls on the healthcare bill.
Had they done so they would have discovered that despite the
progression of the legislation through the Senate, it is still
highly unpopular with the American people.
The latest Rasmussen
Reports weekly tracking update shows that 41%
of voters nationwide favor the bill and 55% are opposed. Those
figures are essentially unchanged from a week ago. This the
fifth straight week with support for the legislation between
38% and 41%.
St Journal poll found that just 32% believe the
healthcare overhaul is a good idea, while only 36% pledged support
in an AP-GFK
When a journalist from the Washington
Times approached Whitehouse, he denied that he
was intimating that opponents of the healthcare bill were racist,
and also denied that he'd even said the word "aryan".
According to Senator Whitehouse's logic, this means that 97%
of the Washington Times' readers are virulent racists.
Senator Whitehouse's unfounded "racist" slur is yet
another example of the establishment left playing the phony
race card in an attempt to slant the debate.
Injecting the idea of discrimination in an effort to polarize
a group of people is no different to actually engaging in the
act of discrimination.