Saturday, September 01, 2012

The Atlantic Says GOP Leader Hopes Minorities Don’t Vote, But He Didn’t Say That at All | Wizbang (via

Even in its lead paragraph The Atlantic characterized Boehner's comments as wishing minorities won't vote. (My bold)

House Speaker John Boehner is the most prominent Republican to admit, out loud, that his party's strategy for winning in November doesn't suppose that the GOP can win over some black and Latino voters, but hoping they won't vote at all.
But this is simply untrue because, as The Atlantic itself quotes Boehner, he was saying something quite different.
"This election is about economics… These groups have been hit the hardest. They may not show up and vote for our candidate but I'd suggest to you they won't show up and vote for the president either."
In other words, Boehner was saying that Obama hasn't excited black and Latino voters and he hasn't served their interests so he, Boehner, thinks they won't turn out to vote for Obama. He wasn't saying he hopes minorities won't vote he was saying the President has failed to give them a reason to vote for him.
The Atlantic's writer purposefully misrepresented what John Boehner said, here. Plain and simple. As Duane Lester says, "the headline and the first line are complete fabrications."

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