[Guest post by DRJ]
The Politico reports that Barack Obama’s campaign manager, David Plouffe, told the National Journal that John McCain already has the racist vote but Obama still has a plan to win:
“David Plouffe tells Linda Douglass that real racists are probably voting Republican in any case:
“[T]he vast, vast majority of voters who would not vote for Barack Obama in November based on race are probably firmly in John McCain’s camp already,” he says.
Plouffe also made a four-pronged case for Obama’s electability. One, primary-focused, is that Clinton has big problems too.
He also pointed out that Obama’s actually been winning white men and younger white voters.
And looking ahead, he pointed to the issues: “They won’t agree with John McCain on issues like the economy and health care. And so I think that we are going to get the vast, vast majority of Democratic voters,” he said.
Finally, the Obama campaign is counting on its ability to change the electorate — a powerful argument, if one with real limits.
“If Barack Obama is the Democratic nominee, I think turnout amongst African-Americans, turnout amongst all voters under 40, and our ability to register new voters is going to be a very important piece of the puzzle,” he said.”
It’s fair to call someone who votes against Obama solely because of his race a racist but there are other reasons than racism someone might vote for McCain. There are people like me who will vote for McCain because I don’t like Obama’s liberal policies, his lack of experience, and his questionable character. That doesn’t make me a racist, except perhaps in David Plouffe-world.
The irony is that this was a throw-away line in the interview. Plouffe was conceding that Obama has lost some voters to McCain, and it’s telling that Plouffe thinks votes have been lost because voters are racists. Clearly Plouffe believes that a segment of McCain’s support comes from one-dimensional racist voters.
That’s a sad and one-dimensional view of the electorate Obama craves to serve. As President, I don’t think Obama the uniter will be motivated to connect with racist McCain supporters … unless they happen to remind him of a racist old uncle.
The full National Journal interview is here.