Ignorance is strength. At least as far as GOP electoral strategy is concerned.
In interviews here in the Deep South and in Virginia, white voters made it clear that they remain deeply uneasy with Mr. Obama — with his politics, his personality and his biracial background. Being the son of a white mother and a black father has come to symbolize Mr. Obama’s larger mysteries for many voters. When asked about his background, a substantial number of people interviewed said they believed his racial heritage was unclear, giving them another reason to vote against him.
Also too, “when we talk about war, we’re really talking about peace.” George W. Bush, June 18, 2002.