George Packer takes a stroll down Kentucky way.
On Wednesday, I was in Inez, Kentucky, the Appalachian town where L.B.J. declared war on poverty forty-four years ago this month. John McCain was on a tour of "forgotten places," and had come to Inez to let the coal miners and town notables know that he will be the President of all Americans.... After his speech, I left the county courthouse and crossed the main street to talk to a small group of demonstrators holding signs next to McCain's campaign bus. J. K. Patrick, a retired state employee from a neighboring county, wore a button on his shirt that said "Hillary: Smart Choice."
"East of Lexington she'll carry seventy per cent of the primary vote," he said. Kentucky votes on May 20. "She could win the general election in Kentucky." I asked about Obama. "Obama couldn't win."
"Race," Patrick said matter-of-factly. "I've talked to peoplea woman who was chair of county elections last year, she said she wouldn't vote for a black man." Patrick said he would't vote for Obama either.
"Race. I really don't want an African-American as President. Race."
That's a Democrat speaking! More after the jump...