When last I spoke on race and the race for the White House, I was sick in a few ways—including with myself—about the divisive roar of the Sarah Palin meme.
What a difference a little less than a month makes!
We've seen the race/culture war resentment factor swell the Palin-McCain ticket prospects to near bursting, only to see them deflate even faster as the financial crisis, and Barack Obama's cool performance during the last 2 weeks, bring a large chunk of the electorate to their senses.
I'm not the only observer who has said for months that the only factor explaining why Obama hadn't been winning in a walk, even before Hillary quit, was race. It was glaringly obvious as the madness of Palin mania first hit, but nobody wanted to say it.
Now, apparently, it can be told. Now that the true stakes of the choice between McCain and Obama have been brought home to the average Amereican pocketbook.
It's all here, in this MUST SEE video of AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Richard Trumka's passionate, address before the Steelworkers union.
Ta-Nahesi Coates (H/T to him, and Andrew Sullivan before him) calls it the "John Brown 2008" moment we've all been waiting for.
Judge for yourself. Now.