They Daren't Mention Race

I've been watching the cable news tonight and no one I saw has actually raised the race issue in Kentucky.  But the exit poll shows that one in five voters openly declared that race was a factor - and 81 percent of them voted for the Clintons. So one fifth proudly said they voted against a black man. How many more did so but didn't admit it? The AP reports:

Only three in 10 whites who said race was a factor said they would vote for Obama should he oppose McCain in November. Nearly four in 10 said they would back McCain, while the rest said they wouldn't vote.

We're discovering that a core of less educated white voters in the Appalachias will do anything to stop a black man being president of the United States. Good to know.

(Update: I hear from a reader that Chris Matthews raised the question. Good for him.)