Bad Racism, Good Racism
The theory goes that some white voters tell opinion pollsters they will vote for a black candidate – but then, in the privacy of the polling booth, put their cross against a white candidate’s name.
And the fear among some supporters is that this could happen to Barack Obama on 4 November, when the country votes for its next president.
Now if it were true, it would indeed be sad. But what’s this ?
Other polls, meanwhile, suggest that white Americans have steadily become less reluctant to vote for a black person in the last few decades.
A recent Gallup poll suggested that 9% of Americans would be more likely to vote for Mr Obama because of his race, compared with only 6% who said they would be less likely to vote for him.
Brings a whole new meaning to ‘less reluctant’, doesn’t it ?
You could use the Gallup evidence to write a BBC piece suggesting that McCain is the victim of racism. I wouldn’t wait up for it though.