You, and I have to think, most everyone else knows I wasn't playing the race card. I wasn't suggesting race as a motivation for anyone on these boards. It was merely a true anecdote of how people think that a fact, that may very well be true, is relevant to opposition to a public (or private) figure when it isn't. To that person, Obama being black had a whole ball of ignorant understandings all rolled up into one awful word. To him, it explained everything and served to reinforce every irrelevant "tag" the President was ever going to receive - it is textbook confirmation bias. What I loathe is people banking on confirmation bias. The talking heads of both philosophies bank on it - politically and, most importantly to them, financially. There's a reason that Rush followers were called "Ditto Heads" because that's all they had to say .... "Ditto". If that's not the lord-god-king-bufu of confirmation bias I don't know what is. As for the "socialist" tag "socialist" is the new "communist". You may very well be using the word to be simply descriptive but you have to admit that there are some who use it as a derogatory term. These people aren't trying to give their audience a civics lesson - c'mon. They are banking on the fact that the word resonates with their audience in a way that stirs up opposition and paints a negative image for the recipient - they are banking on confirmation bias.