A reader writes:

Your reference to polls that show a slight win for Obama over Guiliani, while HRC would lose are meaningless. I don't know whether HRC can win the presidency, but I do know that this country is not going to elect a black president at this time.  It is just not going to happen. I was born and raised in the South and I have lived in the Midwest (Iowa) and the West (Utah) and I just don't see it happening. That is unfortunate, but it is the truth.

I suspect this is a very powerful source of Clinton's strength. It is also yet another sign of the Democratic party's problem. They don't trust Americans to agree with them. And so they never say what they believe. They always say what they think they can get away with. The Mukasey collapse is another sign. They do not even trust the American people to reject torture. If they cannot stand up against that, what can they stand up against? And in a world full of cowards, the bullies smell their opportunity. Cheney, Hannity, Giuliani, Limbaugh: they are all in some respects a function of the Democratic Party's deep, deep failure of nerve.

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