The other day I saw a 10-minute clip of Mitt Romney talking with Jay Leno on The Tonight Show, Romney as gracious as ever in leveling only the most cordial of critiques upon the Obama administration, and felt a pang of nostalgia for the days when I, and other conservatives who grew to respect him, had a real hope that our president could very possibly be so good a man as Romney. (I really do love him, my fellow conservatives, I confess.)
Adding to the nostalgia, in doing my daily reading of today’s news (thank you, RealClearPolitics, CNS, and Drudge), I came across a 2012-election fact that might not be news to anyone but me: while there are almost six times as many whites in this country as there are blacks, more blacks, as a percentage, voted in 2012 than did whites. To be specific, 66.2 percent of blacks voted, compared to 64.1 percent of whites. This, according to the US Census Bureau.
I read this and was shocked. Never before today have I felt so strong an urge to slap 36 percent of America’s white population. Vote, people! What’s the matter with you?
Now, of those 64 percent of white voters, only 59 percent pulled the lever for the white man (41 percent for Obama or another candidate), while 93 percent of blacks opted for the black man.
Remember all that pre-election poll analysis deducing that because polls were indicating Romney was going to win a majority of white voters, Romney’s voters were simply racist? The fact that most whites were going to vote for Romney meant that whites didn’t like Obama because he is black. It couldn’t possibly have anything to do with the fact that fewer whites than blacks, as a percentage of their own race, are on welfare (5 percent of whites versus 29 percent of blacks). The analysts never suggested, or even wondered if, whites were smarter or more economically minded or less emotional than blacks. The “analysis” never went deeper than the immediate assumption, “Well, it’s just simply got to be about race.” And then the post-election polls confirmed the validity of the pre-election polls and the prescience of analysts: most whites did indeed vote for Romney, and most whites were indeed racists.
What it means that only 59 percent of white voters voted for Romney is that 41 percent of white voters are so racist that they either voted for Obama or a third-party candidate. Going back to 2008, there was a drop of 1.1 percentage points in the white vote that year, and in 2012 there was a 2-point drop in the white vote. Whites were so racist in those two elections that some of them didn’t even bother voting against the black guy; they just stayed home.
On the other hand, the black-voter turnout in 2012 was up by 1.5 percentage points compared to that of 2008, and in 2008 it was up by 4.7 compared to that of 2004.
Well, well, well! How do you like that? What do you suppose liberals would suggest if a white man’s candidacy, when running against a black candidate in two elections, caused white-voter turnout to jump by a total of 6.2 percentage points? The suggestion would be, correctly, that white voters suddenly increased because they wanted to show solidarity with their fellow white man, which solidarity would correctly be called racist. On the other hand, when black voters increase by a total of 6.2 percentage points in two consecutive elections in which a black man is a candidate, and, in those same elections, white voters decrease by a total of 3.1, it is, contrary to all rationality, suggested that, still, whites are the racists.
Finally, a brief aside: Jon Wiener at TheNation.com wrote a piece titled “The Bad News About White People: Romney Won the White Vote Almost Everywhere,” by which he means in every state except Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. This, posits the white Wiener, is evidence that white people did not “learn toleration and acceptance of racial difference after four years with a black president in the White House.” If whites are racist for securing the white vote for Romney in 46 states, then what are blacks for securing the black vote for Obama in all 50 states?
Ask liberals what their opinion is of Obama winning the black vote in every state, and their deeply penetrating intellect will lead them to answer, “Whites are racist no matter what.” It’s like asking a kid what he thinks of his zombie face paint, and his response being, “I like turtles.”