I think it needs to be said that the NAACP has been heroic on criminal justice issues over the past couple of years. The Troy Davis case obviously brought this to mind, but there was also the group's support of marijuana legalization in California and their efforts to shine a light on over-incarceration (in which they recruited none other than Grover Norquist and Newt Gingrich.)

 There was some sense that Obama's election would spell the doom of old-line civil rights organization like the NAACP. I think this sense was--and is--quite wrong.