Notwithstanding that Barack Obama was born to a black father, the U.S. presidential runoff will be decided on issues of race, especially driven by fearful stereotypes and the racist attempt to retain control of America by a dwindling white population. American conservatism, subtly or overtly, is rallying Caucasian voters to one last stand of supremacy. (It seems to me this prejudice may be endemic to older conservatives bitter from the fallout of the civil rights era and conditioned by the experience of segregation, or middle class enclaves competing economically with a recent influx of ethnicities.) Do tolerant conservatives sense this push toward discrimination in politics, or overhear back room conversations that basically argue about the inferiority of the black race and the need to exclude their concerns from the public forum? The metaphorical mule is being slapped out from under the governmental gallows.