As black gay male, a member of the upper middle class, a college-educated white collar worker, and a non-Christian and non-theist, I am one of the most irrelevant, least important voters in this election.
Interestingly, while most youth voters seemed to have confidence in their own decision to remain unaffected by the allegations of racial undertones cast out by the media, this confidence was not shared in others.
Win or lose, John McCain has turned loose an ugly side of white America's fear of inclusion of minorities in positions of authority. It is a genie which will be nearly impossible to stuff back into the bottle.
During last night's presidential debate, McCain said he was "categorically" proud of the people who attend his rallies. He claimed he has always repudiated any "out of bounds remarks" made by Republicans.
We are now confronted with a new and more troubling phenomenon: a major party presidential campaign which appears to be predicated on the belief that American voters will be motivated more by fear than by hope.
I expect this kind of garbage from Limbaugh and Savage and Malkin. It's their job to spew evil. But the responsibilities of a public servant are to keep his activities within bounds that don't threaten the civil safety.