Bottom line, a racist would not have supported Obama. Come hell or high water.
Not necessarily, eoe. My dad has quite a few racist ideas about blacks (that we've had some pretty roiling arguments about), and he voted for Obama. I was surprised when he told me Wednesday after the vote. The way he put it, he voted Obama because the country needs a change from Republican rule (this from a man who generally believes in militaristic hegemony, and who supported the Iraq war as a war against Saddam Hussein, and as a means to control Iraqi oil), and he saw McCain as a mere continuation of that. Early on he was kind of influenced by the smears against Obama regarding him being a Muslim and a born Kenyan, etc, etc. but he came to see through it (He sees Obama as an immigrant, which my dad himself is, or as the product of an immigrant). He stressed that his vote was most certainly not because Obama is a black man, or because of civil rights, or the need for change because of that. He merely thought that Obama was the better candidate. What was worse for him was McCain's negative, bullying manner that he exhibited during the debates, and the fact that he's a Republican. Go figure.