Over at Vox, Zack Beauchamp posited a possible explanation.  Race has long been a problem area for conservatives, but the conservative dilemma in the Obama era is particularly acute. Some pretty extraordinary research, from UC Irvine’s Michael Tesler, shows that racial issues have become especially polarized during the Obama era: basically, the fact that America’s got a Democratic, black president means Republicans have grown more skeptical that structural racism is a huge, enduring problem.

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