There are few things that might please liberal journalists more than finding that elusive voter that proves a dearly held theory: anti-Obama voters really hate black people. It’s all about his race, not his policies.
NPR hit that jackpot on Tuesday’s Morning Edition in a seven-minute story on Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) seeking re-election in Louisiana. In seven minutes, NPR’s Ailsa Chang never even whispered the name of Landrieu’s expected Republican opponent, Rep. Bill Cassidy (or his challenger, state Sen. Paul Hollis). The latest poll found Cassidy in the lead. But Chang found a racist sitting under an oak tree in Galliano, Louisiana, in Cajun territory:
CHANG: It will take a lot more than a pot of white beans to get Broussard to vote for one particular candidate this November, Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu. The deal-breaker for him was when she voted for the Affordable Care Act. Now, Broussard has all kinds of problems with the law itself; that it's wrong to force people to buy insurance, that it will make businesses hire less. But there's something else that bothers him. The law is the signature achievement of President Obama.
Did you vote for Obama in 2008?
BEAU BROUSSARD: No. Uh-uh.
CHANG: Why not? So that was before Obamacare. Why didn't you...
BROUSSARD: Uh-uh. I don't vote for black people, lady. No, ma'am. I don't vote for black people. They got their place. I got my place. That's the way I was raised.
CHANG: So how much of you that doesn't like Landrieu is really about you not liking Obama? Are the two inseparable in your mind?
BROUSSARD: No. Uh-uh. If she hadn't voted for Obamacare, I'd still vote for her. Oh, no.
CHANG: That's what did it.
BROUSSARD: Because she helped the people.
CHANG: Because she helped the people. Voters in Louisiana acknowledge how much Landrieu has helped her state. But she's associated with two things many people here resent -- the health care law and the president behind it. So the challenge now for Landrieu is, can she persuade those voters to forgive her, by convincing them she'll deliver for her home state in other ways? Like for oil and gas - the largest industry in the state.
Chang then found a couple of oil-industry workers who will vote for Landrieu and the clout of her seniority, and then a shrimper that didn't like her flip-flopping on Obamacare. But the real joy for lefties was the racist voter, now to be Exhibit A of conservative racism.