Shelby Steele: Why Obama Can't Win Writer Shelby Steele has spent a lifetime thinking and writing about race and racial politics in America. His latest book, A Bound Man, looks at racial identity and the populous politics which have made up much of Sen. Barack Obama's political career.
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Shelby Steele: Why Obama Can't Win

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Shelby Steele: Why Obama Can't Win

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Writer Shelby Steele has spent a lifetime thinking and writing about race and racial politics in America.

His latest book, A Bound Man, looks at racial identity and the populous politics which have made up much of Sen. Barack Obama's political career.

Though Obama is now the front-runner in Iowa's Democratic presidential caucuses, Steele — a research fellow at the Hoover Institution — says he can't win.