As a resident of Massachusetts, I see real parallels between the rise and fall of our first black governor Deval Patrick, and the rise and coming fall of the first black president, Barack Obama. Let's get to some politically correct, uncomfortable-to-say for some, specifics.
1. The Ballot Becomes The Race Card
Both Deval Patrick and Barack Obama had the same campaign guru: David Axelrod.
Using white liberal guilt to his political advantage, Axelrod created candidates that were immune from the normal political vetting process, as any attempt to do such would be called veiled racism. With that, they run with vague slogans that touched at progressive heartstrings, and they did. Patrick's campaign "Together We Can" and Obama's "Yes, We Can" offered what the beholder thought he or she wanted, without the nasty details.