The Corner

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Democrat Creigh Deeds, in yesterday’s Virginia gubernatorial debate: “There’s a hint of racism in some of the opposition to President Obama. That is crystal clear.”

Republican Bob McDonnell disagreed: “I don’t see it and I don’t feel it. . . . I think these are ideas that are fought over public policy.”

Another voice:

Black Entertainment Television network co-founder Sheila C. Johnson, who endorsed McDonnell in July, also rejected the idea that the anger seen in town hall rallies and conservative “tea parties” is race-based.

“I don’t buy it at all. We’ve really got to stop doing this, stop bringing this up,” said Johnson, who had been a major donor to Obama, Gov. and Democratic National Committee chairman Timothy M. Kaine and other Democrats through 2008.

John J. Miller is the national correspondent for National Review and the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. His new book is Reading Around: Journalism on Authors, Artists, and Ideas.

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