Am I supposed to start feeling guilty about being a white guy who is planning to vote for the white guy?  Do the 98% of the black guys who will vote for the black guy feel guilty?  Should they?

A study getting some serious airtime and Drudgereport space starts:

Six percentage points is the price Barack Obama could pay on election day for being black.That disturbing calculation was found in a groundbreaking new Associated PressYahoo News poll conducted with Stanford University which probes the effect of the Democratic presidential candidate’s race on his historic campaign for the White House.

“There’s a penalty for prejudice, and it’s not trivial,” Stanford University political scientist Paul Sniderman told the AP.

Well, it seems to me that while Obama may be paying a penalty, he is also getting a windfall profit from a major voting block, namely 98% of African-Americans.  (As he is no doubt getting a disproportionate advantage from among those with little or no common sense (college professors and college students) but historically convoluted and utopian views of life and what the government should be.)

So, what’s the problem anyway?  Why must pundits et al label the simple decision to vote FOR or AGAINST somebody based on race as “RACISM”.  Is there an equally repugnant word to describe people like me who won’t vote for lawyers? Or, liberals? Or, crooks? Or, New Yorkers? No. Those are just among many criteria people use to make their decision.

We tend to look for people most like ourselves, people we can relate to and, therefore, feel comfortable with.  So, if blacks feel 98% comfortable with voting for a black man, fine.  Makes me no never-mind.  But, why try to put a guilt trip on whites who make exactly the same decision?

This has the same duplicity as the old “n word” debate.  Whoopi and friends preach that it is fine and understandable that blacks can use it, but it is wrong for whites to do so.  I am sure that arguement makes sense to liberals, but not to me.  I remember my first job on a construction sight as a boy.  I was shocked at the use of the “n” word among my black fellow laborers.  A word we never used at home (“negros” was the acceptable word at that time) but was being used in various forms, from joking to more condescending ways.

So, another double-standard.  And, as usual, us old WASP guys are judged to be guilty of a crime we did not commit.  Next week, we’ll cover double-standards in marriage.  That study will be much longer… and even more painful…