Voters still concerned by Barack Obama being black

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Not content to simply worry about terrorism, attempts to totally eliminate reproductive rights, or our abysmal economy, a number of voters, even those who typically vote for Democrats, are still pretty upset about Barack Obama's race. The New York Times spoke with voters in Steubenville, Ohio as a litmus test, and the results were bleak.

"He was like, 'Here I am, I'm black and I'm proud,'" the Times quotes one voter saying. "To me, he didn't have a platform. Black people voted him in, that's why he won. It was black ignorance." Another, who said that she voted for Ralph Nader in 2008,  added, "I'll just come right out and say it: he was elected because of his race."

Even one voter who actively supports Obama said, "Blacks came out to vote for the first time because he was black, and you had all these whites saying, 'Oh, there's another vote from some drug addict.'" Oh.

Now, do these voters represent all Americans, and does this mean their traditionally Democratic district will suddenly skew Republican in the 2012 elections? No, and probably no. Is it regressive and depressing? Obviously. I'd recommend bracing yourselves, just in case Mitt Romney seizes on this issue as a misguided selling point for his own campaign — it's eminently possible.