Says Steele: "When America acknowledged its racism, it effectively made blacks into the nation's official and, seemingly, permanent victims -- citizen-victims, as it were, for whom demands of responsibility are verboten lest the larger nation seem to be oppressing them all over again." Yes, the Jackson philosophy; the white liberal philosophy; the nightmare millions pray may yet be lifted.
By President Obama? Hmmmm. I wouldn't bet on it. For one thing, Obama's chances of election seem -- is "minuscule" too optimistic a word? Interesting as he may be in person, the junior senator from Illinois comes our way bearing an exceedingly light duffle bag.
Bill Clinton and George W. Bush had governed states. Al Gore and John Kerry had served in the Senate. Ross Perot had built and run more than one major company. Powell had won a (short) war. Would-be President Obama has written two best-selling books. A persuasive resume requires, shall we say, a bit more. In addition, his politics -- up to now -- have been way, way left of the mainstream that twice chose George W. Bush.
We return to race, Obama's theoretical trump card. A card with a low number, perhaps -- a five, maybe? A seven? But strong in the eyes of many who long ago tired of racial whining, carping, finger-pointing.
We're all one people, no? No. Yet we might work better together, get along better, if ... which was where we came in. With those cheers, those high-fives for Barack Obama.