This is from January but interesting and appropriate -- about how Chicago is (ironically) a great town for black politicians (Obama's kind of town). Why so? A history of extreme racism. And an overlapping city-county political structure.
"After Chicago's Carol Moseley Braun beat two white men to win
the 1992 Democratic Senate primary, precinct captains in white Chicago neighborhoods and the suburbs whipped up votes for
her in the general election. "They had
to go out and sell the black person to demonstrate that the party was still
open," says Rose, who sees "direct links" from Washington to Moseley Braun to Obama."
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