A Quinnipiac poll shows that Americans share the view of the majority of the Supreme Court justices that race should not be used as a basis for assigning kids to schools. Romney picked up on a similar theme talking about colorblindness and education as the true civil rights issue of our day. (Spokesman Kevin Madden also points to Romney’s record of success in improving minority children’s school performance, saying: “More than 60 percent of 10th graders in every ethnic group earned their CD [competency determination] on their first try: 68 percent of African-American students, up from 58 percent in 2005; 88 percent of Asian students, up from 84 percent; 61 percent of Hispanic students, up from 53 percent; 89 percent of White students, up from 87 percent.”) Rudy also has a strong record on opposing racial quota and preferences. With Republicans pushing educational reform and a colorblind society and Democrats insistence on maintaining a cottage industry based on racial preferences there will be a clear contrast in November. Is it the hot button issue it once was? No, but with Ward Connerly trying to qualify initiatives in five states to ban racial preferences it will get some attention next year.