The mini [racial]-uproar may help Obama win South Carolina…But I think racial tension beyond South Carolina probably hurts Obama–both in narrow tactical ways (he’s going to need a chunk of white independents on February 5; it could also create a backlash among Hispanics), and in broad, thematic ways (his candidacy is so attractive to many voters because they see it as an opportunity for racial healing).
Giordano makes the case that it took returning to Nevada this afternoon for Obama to clue in that his hottest issue is the (surely Clinton-inspired, if not led) lawsuit to restrict participation in the Nevada caucuses.
“Ever since I got the support of Local 226, the lawyers decided to get involved. The rules were OK when the other campaigns thought they would win the Culinary endorsement,” Obama said.
“As soon as you decided to support the outsider, the working people instead of the big shots, all the sudden they decided they wanted to change the rules.”