Jimmy Carter has made an outrageous, unfounded and potentially inflammatory remark about race. He has claimed that a great proportion of the vitriolic opposition to President Obama's health reforms and spending plans are actually motivated by racial hatred: that this president is being attacked not for his policies but for his colour. He offers no evidence for this extraordinary assertion presumably because there is none.

The town hall meetings in which the Obama healthcare plans have been attacked with such vehemence have not been characterised by racist slur or even oblique references to the president's skin colour...