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I pose the question as a way to try to tease out how much of the anti-Obama sentiment on the right is racism v. policy.

Which way would Republicans vote in a Cain v. Biden contest?  Or would they stay away?

There is a core opposition to Obama that is purely racial (whether GOP is willing to acknowledge it or not).  

So if you had a black GOP candidate up against a white Democrat, which way would they jump?

My own framing would be, an abhorent over-sexed moron who happened to be black v. a standard Dem who has an occasional problem keeping his mouth shut, who happened to be white.

I just don't happen to think that the moron/ non-moron decision drives the GOP in the same way the black/white difference does.

In the real world, I expect the GOP to unify for Romney as "not Obama," even the Gingrich and Santorum voters who wanted "not Romney," even though I would hope for them to just stay home.

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  •  Oh, Cain I am sure (2+ / 0-)

    Cain would be such a very useful idiot.

  •  Race or racism (1+ / 0-)
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    leftist vegetarian patriot

    I wonder how much the racists would be swayed by the support of racism by Cain vs his race.  They seem to love Thomas on the court.

  •  We shouldn't conflate bigotry towards individuals (1+ / 0-)
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    Smoh

    with racist attitudes towards groups. Many on the right have no problem dealing with rich or middle class people of color, but have animus towards the poor in general (even if they are poor themselves) and frequently believe racist stereotypes about people of color who are poor. Herman Cain (who I don't think is likely to be nearly as stupid as I think he pretends to be) may be black, but he espouses policies that are anti-poor and anti-urban, i.e., perfectly Republican. He was therefore a dream candidate for the GOP to "prove" that they aren't prejudiced. Of course there are hardcore bigots in the Republican Party who would not vote for Cain, but I think they are far outnumbered by the softcore racists who would hold him up as a shield and who love to use him to accuse the Democrats of racism, trying to keep blacks "on the plantation".

    Incidentally, I've yet to see any convincing proof that Joe Biden is a moron. From what I've seen, he just doesn't have a very effective filter. Everyone who talks without a script in public needs a good filter or they will eventually end up with a mouth full of foot.

    My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right.
    --Carl Schurz, remarks in the Senate, February 29, 1872

    by leftist vegetarian patriot on Wed Feb 29, 2012 at 11:17:39 AM PST

  •  I think (0+ / 0-)

    that they love him for two reasons:
    1. He votes their way
    2. He was accused by an uppity (their thought, not mine) black woman, which negates his race

    Cats are better than therapy, and I'm a therapist.

    by Smoh on Wed Feb 29, 2012 at 11:20:58 AM PST

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