If Obama becomes the Democratic nominee, some in the GOP will want to make an issue of his race - not merely because of racism, but because in their desire to maintain power they have a record of using every weapon to hand. They will have to tread very carefully, of course. It could backfire. So much of this will take the form of legitimate questions that nonetheless help impress upon white voters that this guy is black. You saw it with the 24-hour news cycle emphasis on his recent preaching in a black church (a pretty major non-event that accrued more interest than a serious energy speech); and you will see it in references to the congregation he has long belonged to in Chicago. Again: legitimate coverage of legitimate issues, but loaded with the racial angle. Fox News will lead the way. They already are.

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