This a great piece. Pity Bill Thompson. What's amazing to me is that there's no sense, at least no dominant sense, among black voters that we "have to get our guy in." What happened? Is it like we got Obama and that's enough? I know ethnic politics aren't dead yet, but I'm shocked how much things have changed since Giuliani. There really is almost no black base for David Paterson, and Thompson is winning black voters by a mere 18 percent. For a black Democrat running for mayor in the biggest city in the country, against a white Democrat turned Republican turned Independent, that is incredible.

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