Answer to conundrum even some smart people are annoying themselves with:
Ordinary Americans are smart enough to perceive that the elites are demanding that they vote for Obama to prove they’re not racists. But the voters don’t feel they have to prove any such thing, and they resent like hell the suggestion that they do have to prove it.
Explanation here for what Maureen Dowd takes as a sign of racism:
[O]nly 31 percent of white voters [tell] The New York Times in a survey that they had a favorable opinion of Obama, compared with 83 percent of blacks.
D., mainly concerned with diehard Hillary fan-feminists in her quite clever riff on Jane Austen, does get this one in about the color issue. But she has no time for wondering about those 83% of blacks. Could they be prejudiced?