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Sunday, January 06, 2008

'Skinny kid with a funny name' reshapes US politics

A good read, from The Guardian:

Obama’s win was the result not of mobilising the Democratic base but transforming it. More than a third of his support was from the under-30s and most of those who backed him had never been to a caucus before. A large number of independents also flocked to him, helping to boost Democratic caucus goers to almost double the number four years ago.

In so doing he not only helped remould the electoral landscape of the Democratic party, he also refashioned the racial expectations of America’s electoral politics. The days when black politicians stood for office in order to force the issues affecting black communities from the margins to the mainstream are over. Now they can stand to win. In the last 50 years the number of white people who said they would not vote for a black presidential candidate has nosedived from 53% to just 6%.



Read the entire column by Gary Younge HERE.

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4 Comments:

Blogger MichaelBains said...

I've come to think Obama will make a good choice; relatively speaking, of course. Used to be that I wanted him to be Gore's runnin' mate because he could use more International seasoning and the Veep job would give him that, but, hey, you do whatchyagottado, eh.

I just trust Hillary to be too deep in the pockets of the same cabal-by-default as teh $hrub and his pops to give her bigger points for the credit she does deserve in some ways.

title="comment permalink">January 07, 2008 8:58 AM  
Blogger John Good said...

I think we're on exactly the same page, my friend.

title="comment permalink">January 07, 2008 8:35 PM  
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title="comment permalink">June 06, 2008 3:16 AM  
Blogger usha said...

wonderful!!!!In so doing he not only helped remould the electoral landscape of the Democratic party....


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title="comment permalink">July 26, 2008 8:04 AM  

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