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Several outfits have polled the question raised by former President Carter: are those who oppose Obama’s policies motivated by racism?  Fox News did a version of this, with the following question:

Thinking about Barack Obama’s policies, some people say [A:those who oppose Obama’s policies are mostly motivated by racism], while others say [B: opposition to Obama’s policies is based on honest disagreements] — which comes closer to your view?

The results showed that 65 percent think the disagreements are honest, and 20 percent* think they are borne out of racism (9 percent some of both, 5 percent not sure).  That sounds good – a 40 percent spread.

But consider that in the same poll, 48 percent of those polled opposed Obama’s handling of health care, and 44 percent supported it.  Since we can reasonably assume that the 48 percent who oppose Obamacare didn’t call themselves and their fellow travelers racists, that means of the 52 percent who either support Obamacare or aren’t sure, THIRTY-EIGHT PERCENT of them think that Americans are MOSTLY motivated by race when they oppose Obama’s policies.

Consider also that African-American respondents polled almost opposite to the country — 65 percent said race was the primary motivator for opponents, while 27 percent said opponents had honest disagreements.  That’s a shocking total — and evidence that the election of a black President did not result in a sea change in the way black Americans view the political landscape overall.  Sadly, we’re a long way from a post-racial America, folks.

*Note that this number is also quite similar to the 22% who believe that Bush knew about 9/11 in advance.  The size and scope of the left-wing lunatic fringe is further delineated.

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CNN’s Jack Cafferty is the latest media personality to state without equivocation that ONLY racism can explain the closeness of the presidential election:

The differences between Barack Obama and John McCain couldn’t be more well-defined. Obama wants to change Washington. McCain is a part of Washington and a part of the Bush legacy. Yet the polls remain close. Doesn’t make sense…unless it’s race.

Of course, Mr. Cafferty ignores the fact that, four years ago, we had a contest between two candidates whose differences were arguably more “well-defined.”  Bush was actually on the ballot, and Kerry was running against him as an incumbent.  The Iraq war was far less obviously a success then than it is now .  And both men were, of course, white – meaning that “race” wasn’t a factor.

What was the state of the race on September 17, 2004?

In a new Gallup Poll, conducted Sept. 13-15, President George W. Bush leads Democratic candidate John Kerry by 55% to 42% among likely voters, and by 52% to 44% among registered voters. These figures represent a significant improvement for Bush since just before the beginning of the Republican National Convention.

Compare that to today’s Gallup tracking poll, which has Obama leading McCain 47% to 45% among registered voters.

That’s right — year over year, Bush outpolls McCain.   So, despite the fact that McCain has supposedly painted Obama as the “angry black man,” and “[t]he angry black man . . . doesn’t have broad appeal in White America,” the Angry Black Man is outperforming the Windsurfing White Man by three points at this stage in the race.  And he’s so undermined by prejudice that he’s been able to convince seven percent of 2004’s Republican-leaning voters not to support this year’s GOP candidate. In fact, Americans are such racists that 62% of them approved of Barack Obama in March 2008.  Of course, Democrats like Kathleen Sibelius tell us that “[a]ll the code language, all that doesn’t show up in the polls” — because…why?  Are there verbal racist time bombs that don’t change people’s attitudes today, but magically turn them into virulent bigots on election day?  And what are these code words, and who is saying them?

I guess that means 38% of us are racists, since there is no other justifiable reason to oppose a man who wants to raise taxes, spend unprecedented sums on new government programs, declare failure in Iraq, negotiate with Iran, invade Pakistan, leave Georgia’s security to the U.N., nationalize health care, eliminate democratic union elections, indict Bush Administration officials, close free trade, open our borders, censor talk radio, give terrorists access to US courts, and who changes his positions on issues so regularly as to call into question everything I just typed.

Utterly inexplicable without racism, I tell you.

Update: Crush Liberalism gives his thoughts on this topic here, and Jim Geraghty highlights other gems.

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