The Changing Complexion of American Politics Reflections on Barack Obama's win in Iowa, and how race has been taken off the table in politics. The political realities of 2008 are a far cry from anything that could have been imagined 50 years ago.
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The Changing Complexion of American Politics

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Reflections on Barack Obama's win in Iowa, and how race has been taken off the table in politics. The political realities of 2008 are a far cry from anything that could have been imagined 50 years ago.

SCOTT SIMON, Host:

Some people have a political investment in refusing to see progress in saying the American people will never vote for someone who is black, a woman, Asian, Hispanic or whose name ends with a vowel. It confirms their view of America as a place that is unchanged and irredeemable. That's not the country we glimpsed this week.

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