Matt Towery

But there is one thing I can say definitively: Anyone who believes that race, for better or worse, doesn't matter in this election is either a liar or a fool. I've looked at far too many of our polls that have shown that African-American voters are all but completely united in support for Obama. If anything, that support has solidified recently.

That's understandable, of course. This is a time that most black voters never dreamed would take place. Does anyone with half a brain think that they would not embrace Obama's success?

So there. I've said everything that everyone who hates the Obama candidacy and despises his pastor's philosophy did not want to hear.

But here's the real question: How will white voters react if Obama is the Democratic nominee? He has won much of the Democratic white vote in many states. But many of those states vote Republican in the general election.

Ultimately, I have no idea whether white voters will see African-American voters going for a black candidate in an almost wholesale manner in the nomination process, and still accept the argument that race should not play a role in whites' own decisions on whom to vote for.

Truthfully, it probably would have enhanced Obama's chances to win in November if he had received less of the black vote in the Democratic primaries. Then it would have been easier for him to argue that race didn't matter then, and won't ever.

But no matter how hard everyone tries to hide it, race has become an issue in the 2008 campaign. What role it ends up playing is anyone's guess.

And I thought it would all be about gender!

Matt Towery

Matt Towery is a pollster, attorney, businessman and former elected official. He served as campaign strategist for Congressional, Senate, and gubernatorial campaigns. His latest book is Newsvesting: Use News and Opinion to Grow Your Personal Wealth. Follow him on Twitter @MattTowery