NYC Woman: ‘I’ll Never Vote for a Black Man for President’
60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl reports that, “I went to a very fancy-schmancy dinner party in New York the other night. And a woman at our table, in so-called liberal New York City, announced to our table that she would never vote for a black to be in the White House.” From this data point she concludes that people are feeling more free to express racist thoughts for the first time in years and wonders what it’ll mean for Barack Obama.
For those who prefer samples of more than one, Gallup offers a new poll showing strong shifts of Democratic voters to Obama now that they have resigned themselves that he’ll be their nominee. Indeed, Obama is now tied with Clinton 47-47 among non-Hispanic whites and in virtual ties among those with high school education or less and women.
I’m seeing enough media stories with a Stahl-esque spin, though, that I’m concerned that the only possible explanation for an Obama loss will be that, alas, Americans are still too racist to accept a black man as their president. (And that a victory will come despite that fact.)