In 1980, I campaigned for Ronald Reagan and against Jimmy Carter because the former was my hero and the latter was incompetent. I was not racist for doing so.
In 1984, I campaigned for Ronald Reagan and against Walter Mondale because the former was a great man and the latter was a continuation of Carter. when I cast my ballot for Reagan (my first), I was not a racist for doing so.
In 1988, I voted for George H. W. Bush and against Michael Dukakis because I saw the Bush as the continuation of Reagan. I was not racist for doing so.
In 1992, I voted for George H. W. Bush and against Bill Clinton because I saw thought Bush was doing a good job and believed Clinton to be a scumbag. I was not racist for doing so.
In 1996, I voted for Bob Dole and against Bill Clinton because I saw KNEW Clinton to be a scumbag and because Jack Kemp was my college hero. I was not racist for doing so.
In 2000, I voted for George W. Bush and against Al Gore because I saw thought Bush was a good governor in Texas and believed Gore to be a dangerous man. I was not racist for doing so.
In 2004, I voted for George W. Bush and against John Kerry because I saw thought Bush was doing a good job and believed Kerry to be a treasonous bastard. I was not racist for doing so.
In 2008, I voted for John McCain and against Barack Obama because I saw thought McCain was a patriot and believed Obama to be a frighteningly out-of-his depth tyro. I was declared a racist for doing so.
In 2012, I am prepared to vote for Mitt Romney and against Barack obama because I admire Romney and recognize that Obama is every bit as incompetent as Jimmy Carter was. There are those who fear that I won't fear being called a racist!
By telling potential voters “It’s OK to make a change,” the RNC is acknowledging all that I mention above. It’s OK to like [Obama] personally but not vote for him again. This is not a popularity contest. It’s OK to vote against the black guy. You gave him a shot. He gave it his best shot. He failed. And the most effective message is: “It’s OK to make a change” — and not be thought of as a racist.
Let's be honest -- the racist vote in 2008 was made up of those who decided to "give the black guy a shot". Obama was clearly not ready for the office he sought but was given the nomination by Democrats engaged in affirmative action -- Hillary Clinton was at least somewhat better qualified -- and then rode into office on a wave of anger over a last-minute economic crisis and a desire to make history by electing a black guy, no matter how unready he was for the job. We have suffered the consequences of that racist wave for 3 1/2 years now -- and it is time to set the country on the right path by electing someone who actually understands the economy. And like Jimmy Carter (and, some would argue, the first Bush) he may be a nice guy but he has shown by his performance that he just wasn't the right guy and needs to be replaced. Race doesn't enter into the equation -- and to the degree that it does, it is the liberal Obama supporters who are engaged in racism.