So, Barack Obama is in it to win it in '08.
Point: Senator Obama, I'd like you to meet Senator Edwards, another one-term wonder who thought his charm and personality would carry him from the hill to the White House. Turns out, not so much.
Counterpoint: Senator Obama, I'd like you to meet Rep. Harold Ford, Jr., your predecessor in the Diversity-Darling-Child-of-the-Democratic-Party Club. He missed his shot, perhaps waited past his superstar shelf date, and didn't move to the upper house. Lesson: strike while the fire is hot.
Of course, buried between the point and the counterpoint is the glaring, uncomfortable subject of race in America. Obama is certainly what should be the face - or at least a face - of America. But then again, the dust-up over what was widely considered a racially charged ad again Harold Ford, Jr. during his bid for the U.S. Senate illustrates either our continuing national reluctance to get out of the white male rut - or our PR-hyped inability to refrain from focusing on race to begin with (and by that I mean the minority opinion - and by minority I mean, less widely held, not minority - that the anti-Ford ad was not playing to old stereotypes. Or at least not stereotypes younger generations, or geographically removed people, would pick up on).
It's messy - I think we can agree on that. But I will be curious to see how race actually plays out, and how the racial melodrama so beloved by the MSM plays out - don't confuse the two. One is real, one is really manufactured. Neither will be appreciated.