That President Obama lost roughly 40 percent of the vote in Democratic primaries in Arkansas, Kentucky and West Virginia over the last two weeks has drawn massive national headlines. Those headlines have drawn a collective eyeroll from Democrats — and many others who closely follow national politics — who ascribe the underperformance by the incumbent to a very simple thing: racism. No, none of these Democrats are willing to put their name to that allegation — either generally or for this story. But, it is, without question the prevalent viewpoint they hold privately. They argue that conservative white Democrats — particularly those in the South and Appalachia — don’t want to vote for an African American for president
even though quite a few of them voted for him four years ago. Huh? It couldn’t be the obvious policy problems with the administration or the emerging character issues. It must be something nefarious. Memo to moderate and conservative Democrats: the Republican Party is no great shakes, but you’re a damned fool if you ever vote for a Democrat again if this is what they think of you.