The Washington Post plays the race card in the Medicaid debate and the Virginia House’s response is epic

Yesterday the Washington Post hit some new lows (shockingly, who thought there’d be new lows for that fishwrap) when it attacked Virginia House Republicans for standing up against Medicaid, equating it with “Massive Resistance” – the Democrat led effort to stop the integration of Virginia’s public schools in the 1960s:

SIXTY YEARS after Virginia waged a campaign of “massive resistance” against integrating its public schools, the state is once again insisting on a policy that targets its least advantaged citizens…

The driving intellectual and political force behind Massive Resistance in the 1950s was then-Sen. Harry F. Byrd Sr., who regarded excluding blacks from educational opportunity as a great and principled cause. Today the political heirs of the Byrd Organization, mainly rural and exurban Republicans, are led by Del. William J. Howell (R-Stafford), speaker of the House of Delegates in Richmond.

This argument is offensive on many levels but is a clear example of Alinsky tactics at work (See rules 5, 6, 8, 10 and 12). Bill Howell, Speaker of the House of Delegates, is having none of is, delivering a forceful response on behalf of the majority:

“This editorial is patently offensive to not only me, but also to the many honorable men and women serving in the House of Delegates and the millions of hard-working taxpayers who share our deep public policy concerns about Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. To compare the legitimate and widely-acknowledged policy concerns we have with Medicaid expansion to the shameful and ignorant policy of massive resistance is not only outrageous, it is, frankly, indefensible.

A couple other money shots from the release:

– This is a complicated issue that should not be reduced to the repugnant and appalling rhetoric advanced by the Washington Post.

– the offensive and false claims like those advanced today undercut the Washington Post’s arguments for Medicaid expansion and damage its reputation in the process.”

That’s a one-two punch right in the face of the Progressive Media.

Cross-posted at RedRVA


3 thoughts on “The Washington Post plays the race card in the Medicaid debate and the Virginia House’s response is epic

  1. But the trouble is, Virginia Republicans have not offered any explanation to the general public for their opposition to Medicaid expansion. Their opposition is a PR disaster, because they have made NO ATTEMPT to present a public argument. They are talking only to their base. — Jon Moseley

    1. I have been far more involved than the average Virginia citizen, and I have heard no persuasive explanation for WHY Republicans are against Medicaid expansion. This failure to present a reason leaves Republicans open to being smeared as simply hating poor people. It is no secret that Virginia Republicans oppose Medicaid expansion. But if I have not heard a good explanation of WHY, then 99% of other Virginia citizens have not either.

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