Just like every murderer is “cold-blooded”, so is every race card played “from the bottom of the deck”. Mostly since Robert Shapiro, referring to the infamous O.J.Simpson trials.

For the last two years we hear these accusations coming from Obama’s opponents, be it Clinton (Hillary and Bill) or McCain. True or not, fact is Obama doesn’t lose an opportunity to remind us he is black.

In July, Obama informed his followers of the future: “What they’re going to try to do is make you scared of me. You know, he doesn’t look like all those other presidents on the dollar bills.”

Earlier, in April, Bill Clinton complained explicitly: “Obama played the race card on me”.

In an essay published in November 2007 in a small, black community Chicago newspaper, Obama blasted officials for “for undermining voting rights and creating roadblocks for minority voters“.

And during the debate in August 2007 (it seems so long ago), Obama reassured us of his blackness with a vivid albeit inaccurate account of his NYC adventures: “You know, when I’m catching a cab in Manhattan, in the past, I think I’ve given my credentials”

So it’s only natural that for these two years the other side of the table has been setup the same way. There is a huge fraction of Obama supporters prepared for a defeat scenario with a racist strategy.

This Sun Times editorial summarizes the standard argument:

If Obama were a white guy named Trevor Gustafson with half a brain, I suspect voters would be clamoring to vote for him just to try something different.

Jacob Weisberg had no doubts about why Obama’s difference doesn’t become a landslide: “He does so for a simple reason: the color of his skin.

A Fox News poll concludes 25% thinks if Obama loses, it’s because of racism. After a AP/Yahoo News poll, AP writers Ron Fournier and Trevor Thompson concluded “if Obama loses, it’s because of deep-seated racial misgivings“.

And CNN’s Donna Brazile was adamant about what would happen if Obama doesn’t pull this election off: “If he doesn’t, then Obama didn’t lose, the country just wasn’t ready.

It’s the race, stupid.