This is a terrific column from the Washington Post’s Richard Cohen about the possibility of Barack Obama’s campaign being “a new march” for the Black Community
Here’s an excerpt:
If you had to pick a winner in last weekend’s Selma bake-off between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, it would have to be Obama. It is not just that he performed better than Hillary Clinton; it’s that he had something very important to say to black America. It has to do, I think, with the extraordinary promise of his candidacy.
This is not an endorsement of Obama. At 45 years of age, questions about his youth, judgment and experience linger. We all have time to assess him on that score and glean — and it will be no more than that — whether, like Teddy Roosevelt (42), he is old enough for the presidency or, like Bill Clinton (46), he is still too young. For the moment, though, I wonder about something else: What impact will he have on America’s abiding problems with race?