This is an important point that will almost certainly go down the memory hole unless plenty of people make note of it now. That's because -- if Barack loses -- the Democrats will seek to "wave the bloody shirt" over his defeat, in an effort to convince their constituents that somehow illegitimate, vaguely racist arguments from evil Republicans were responsible. (Just as, in their revisionist historical formulation, butterfly ballots, Katherine Harris, and the "Republican Supreme Court" were the triumvirate of evil circa 2000.)
So remember: Strategies Democrats would denounce as most objectionable came first from . . . Democrats.