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Obviously, one concern people have with Barack Obama's candidacy is that they worry that a black man faces intrinsic electoral problems. I would say that the flipside of this is that an African-American Democrat probably has more latitude to say sensible things about affirmative action (via Jon Chait who sees this as part of a growing populist trend in Obama's rhetoric) that would get a white candidate in hot water with supporters he's counting on.

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