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“Obama received the votes of barely 1 in 3 white males,” says the front page of Thursday’s Tribune. Making white males about the only significant minority that didn’t favor the incumbent. But then, significant might be overstating their importance.

As a white male, I should have insights into this minority, particularly the subset consisting of white males of a certain age. I don’t. My thoughts may be muddled by the memoir I’m reading, Life, by Keith Richards, whose credentials as a white male of a certain age are very much in order. As a boy, Richards was a Boy Scout. An ardent Boy Scout. “I had badges all over the place, unbelievable!” he writes. The best evidence of his ardor is an anecdote Richards relates from years later: