I'm sure someone has thought to point this out already, but Artur Davis's calamitous "post-racial" campaign to become Alabama governor was successful if viewed in a certain light. Davis got thumped, obviously, and he won't be governor. In hindsight, his decision to ignore the state's black power structure seems particularly ill-considered. On the other hand, Alabama's black leaders endorsed a white candidate, Ron Sparks, who drew more black votes that Davis did [UPDATE: the latter is not yet official, though the point holds]. That's an admirably post-racial result in my book, though certainly not the one Davis envisioned.