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So now African Americans have a different nationality from the rest of us Americans?

Posted by Martina | August 26, 2008 10:55 AM

But are they actually going to show up to the polls? Evangelicals do not believe that McCain is their man. Are they racist enough to actually show up and vote for him just to keep a black man out of office?

Anyway, it's typical that religious nuts would crow over a 3 percent increase in support. That's within the margin of error, assholes.

Posted by keshmeshi | August 26, 2008 11:11 AM

Why is "white" capitalized? Couldn't they have at least said "Caucasian"?

Posted by Aislinn | August 26, 2008 11:13 AM

"hateful god" lends itself perfectly to the irony of their little fable/mythology. bah!

Posted by Non | August 26, 2008 11:22 AM

@2: short answer to your question: Yes.

Posted by Karlheinz Arschbomber | August 26, 2008 11:23 AM

#2, how do you know what the margin of error is?

What I found most interesting is that blacks are going to vote according to their "nationality", but whites are just going to vote according to their party affiliation.

Posted by w7ngman | August 26, 2008 11:24 AM

They're right that Republican party is ever more marginalized and regional. It raises the question of what will take the place of the GOP on the national level.

Posted by elenchos | August 26, 2008 11:25 AM

@1 - that's exactly what I was thinking.

I have always voted for whom would be the biggest benefit to MY nationality, American.

I've also been loyal to my affiliation - an affiliation of people who have a right to make a decision in their heads based on their own core beliefs and not those of a particular 'party'.

Posted by ReverendZ | August 26, 2008 11:28 AM

evangelicals typically vote republican, not demoncrat. they might be bigoted against non-caucasians as well, but i'm not sure this stat demonstrates that effectively. i mean, it's only 3% different from bush.

and if you think about it, that three percent difference would mean that those are voters who had democratic leanings, but now switched. that means it is as much a rebuke of democrat whites as it is of republican whites.

obama is making inroads with the younger, more liberal christians in a surprising way -- a way that would tend to refute this assertion. but the old guard is sticking to their partisan guns.

Posted by infrequent | August 26, 2008 11:29 AM

Dom, you need to hose out your inbox with some bleach and hot water.

Posted by it'smarkmitchell | August 26, 2008 11:39 AM

It's baffling to me that people still confuse words such as "nationality" and "ethnicity." I exactly didn't grow up in Berkeley, but I still had it hardwired into my system at an earlier age that jingoism, racism and ignorance were ridiculous crap that only old people in movies did.

Stuff like this almost makes me want to run for office to set dumb people straight.

Posted by hohoho green giant | August 26, 2008 11:50 AM

Barack Obama will probably get over 90% of the black vote in this election.

How do you interpret these findings? Is this good news or bad news?

Posted by CA | August 26, 2008 11:56 AM

you know, if you move to another country, you'll be a minority.

You'll be an American.

Nobody will care what else you call yourself - that's what you'll be.

Posted by Will in Seattle | August 26, 2008 12:15 PM

I want to give all the white republicans wedgies.

Posted by Stephanie | August 26, 2008 12:27 PM

@14 - considering they wear leather underwear - that might hurt.

Posted by Will in Seattle | August 26, 2008 12:35 PM

I'd be curious to see how these numbers hold up with Romney on the ticket.

Posted by demolator | August 26, 2008 1:21 PM

Consider this: just maybe some voters will vote for McCain because they feel he's a better candidate:


Contrary to what Jacob Weisberg of Slate and John Heilemann of New York Magazine wrote, no rational person is going to flatly state they are going to vote for McCain because he's "white". It would be incredibly difficult to prove.

Posted by lark | August 26, 2008 1:38 PM

@17: the key is no RATIONAL person. the feeble minded are a massive voting block. and they vote for whom foxnews says.

Posted by max solomon | August 26, 2008 1:51 PM

@17: Actually, I think that's exactly what Weisberg said:
"Five percent of white voters acknowledge that they, personally, would not vote for a black candidate.

Five percent surely understates the reality. In the Pennsylvania primary, one in six white voters told exit pollsters race was a factor in his or her decision."

Irrational: 5%
Rational but still voted based on race: 11.67%

Posted by ben | August 26, 2008 2:04 PM

The only thing that surprises me is that this surprises anyone. We told you people this is a rascist country to it's very core. What, now you believe it? There's no way Obama can win. But you can't see it. Good luck. I mean, if only he could, but that's not the reality.

Posted by Vince | August 26, 2008 2:18 PM

i hate to agree with vince, but this is still america, where nothing but a white male will ever suffice to be the head of this country. It is because of this fact though that Obama will not get 90 percent of the black vote. It is nice to see that some of the racism has dispelled. Contrary to popular belief black people are the most fractioned of all the ethnicities and do not readily support each other in business or otherwise. I am a black person, just in case you were wondering.

Posted by tonya | August 26, 2008 4:04 PM

I apologize for mistakingly writing nationality for ethnicity. I mean what i said - Caucasian evangelicals are going to vote republican, it's a simple as that. If McCain were African American, he would still have the majority of evangelical votes because we correlate republicans with conservative values. I made no statement regarding the idea that African Americans are not loyal to their affiliation, rather that they are more likely support a candidate of their own ethnicity.

Posted by Kristie Rutzel | August 27, 2008 1:50 PM

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