WashPost Says Romney Winning Whites 60-37; Ruins Liberal Theme GOP Couldn't Get to 60 Percent

The Washington Post reported Friday at the top of the front page "Whites' support for Obama eroding." Jon Cohen and Rosalind Helderman reported "Obama has a deficit of 23 percentage points" right now, behind Romney by 60 percent to 37. The networks have been much fonder of showing how Obama was winning big among blacks and Latinos.

Let's recall how liberal journalists seized on National Journal's Ron Brownstein, who wrote on August 27 that the GOP was struggling: "Republican strategists clearly feel the weight of trying to assemble a national majority with so little support among minorities that they must win three in five whites. 'This is the last time anyone will try to do this,' one said." They used this article to suggest the GOP would resort to racist politicking one last time: 

A GOP coalition that relies almost entirely on whites could squeeze out one more narrow victory in November. But if Republicans can’t find more effective ways to bridge the priorities of their conservative core and the diversifying Next America, that weight will grow more daunting every year.

It's almost amusing how the Post tries to submerge the overall poll number in Friday's paper. Here's how the Post literally split the good news for Romney in half, sending the reader to A-6 in mid-sentence:

Overall, Romney has edged ahead in the contest, garnering 50 percent of likely voters for the first time in the campaign, according to the Post-ABC poll. As Romney hits 50 percent, the presi- [TURN PAGE] dent stands at 47 percent, his lowest tally since before the national party conventions.

Here's the hardest paragraph for Democrats to read:

The erosion of support Obama has experienced since his muted performance in the first presidential debate has been particularly acute among white men, whites without college degrees and white independents, the new tracking poll found. Nearly half of all of those who supported Obama in 2008 but now say they back Romney are white independents. Overall, whites make up more than 90 percent of such vote "switchers."

Near the end of the article, the Post returns to Brownstein's boast that the Republicans will surely suffer in future election cycles as the country becomes less white:

In a rapidly diversifying country, the percentage of the nation’s population that is white drops 2 percent every four years, said David Bositis, a senior research associate at the [liberal] Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. And even among white voters, Republicans perform best among older voters, who will age out of the voting rolls in coming years.

Without improving tallies with minorities, Bositis said, “I think this will be the peak for Republicans.”

“The formula they have right now is a long-term loser,” he said.

Tim Graham
Tim Graham
Tim Graham is Executive Editor of NewsBusters and is the Media Research Center’s Director of Media Analysis