In the post-election commentary there has been more than the usual amount of talk about demographics. Blacks were of course solid for Obama at 93 percent. Hispanics voted 71 percent for Obama, Asians 73 percent. Whites went 59 percent for Romney.
When you look at the overall picture, however, we are still fighting the Civil War. That is to say, the contest was mainly between two huge groups of white people who don't much like each other, with the colored folk playing a marginal role. That's how it was in the War Between the States, and that's how it still is today.
In the state of Mississippi, for example, 89 percent of whites voted for Romney; in the state of Alabama, it was 84 percent. In the state of Maine, on the other hand, only 40 percent of whites voted for Romney; in Vermont, only 33 percent.
Barack Obama wasn't re-elected by blacks, Hispanics, or Asians, though they helped at the margins; he was re-elected by Yankees.
— John Derbyshire
, weekly radio host
and author of the galaxy-wide best-seller We Are Doomed