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March 17, 2008

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Matt Yglesias made Crowley's point even before Crowley did: "After all, before Obama was a half-black guy running in a mostly white country he was a half-white guy running in a mostly black neighborhood. At that time, associating with a very large, influential, local church with black nationalist overtones was a clear political asset (it's also clear in his book that it made him, personally, feel 'blacker' to belong to a slightly kitschy black church). Since emerging onto a larger stage, it's been the reverse and Obama's consistently sought to distance himself from Wright, disinviting him from his campaign's launch, analogizing him to a crazy uncle who you love but don't listen to, etc."

By right about now, I'm guessing that being thought to be Muslim is starting to look pretty good to Obama.

I read (Goldberg) that Wright baptized Obama's daughters and he officiated at Obama's wedding.

Is this accurate?

Great post Brendan. I'd like to expand that point to include single influence districts in general. Getting elected in these heavily gerrymandered districts often requires debting one's self to the dominant political groups, whether they be the black churches or the investment banks or the energy industry. While this may be appealing in one's home district where these groups are the hubs of economic or social activity, it can be unappealing in a statewide election.

This worked to some folk's advantage, like LBJ and Brown & Root due to B&R's rapid growth and importance to the local, state and national economies, and some other's disadvantage, like we are seeing with Senator Obama.

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