Former Congressman Dick Armey coined the phrase “Bubba vote” to describe the unmeasurable element of racism that many argue will sabatoge Obama on election day. He argues in a recent USA Today article that the bubba vote is invisible to pre-election pollsters because people don’t want to admit that they won’t vote for a black candidate.
Many people I talk to agree with Armey. My own friends believe that Obama ought to be winning by at least five to ten percent on election day to cancel out the hidden racism never revealed by pre-election polling.
If you ask a person who he or she will vote for on November 4th, there aren’t too many racists who will say “I’m voting for Barack Obama” to hide his or her racism. He or she will just simply say “I’m voting for McCain.”
Saying that a Bubba vote will sabatoge Obama’s chances on election day is like saying the the hippie vote will sabatoge McCain’s chances on election day. Maybe so, but the bubbas and the hippies are fairly represented in the polls, regardless of their reasons.
Currently, Barack Obama is winning by 1.9% in an average of all national polls. I don’t think these numbers are inflated.