Jamelle Bouie

Jamelle Bouie is a staff writer at The American Prospect.

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I'm Dreaming of a White Senate.

The United States Senate is about to become a whole lot whiter : The Senate might not have any African-American members after the election, when Sen. Roland Burris (D-Ill.), the only sitting black senator, vacates his seat. Overall, the Senate has never had more than one black member at a time. Burris replaced President Obama in this distinction after filling his Illinois seat following the 2008 election. Before Obama, Carol Moseley Braun , also from Illinois, served from 1993 to 1999. "In total," The Hill notes, "there have been six black senators since Reconstruction." This is terrible, but not as astounding as it sounds when you think about it. The states with large enough African American populations to support a black Senate candidate -- most of the Deep South -- are also the states where whites are strongly polarized against African Americans, and the Democratic Party by extension. Indeed, at 15 percent, even Illinois might have "too many black people"; it's just that Carol...

A Quick Reminder About Tuesday's Electorate.

Now that Pew has released its final pre-election post, it's worth reminding everyone that the electorate that votes tomorrow is very different from the one that voted in 2008, and will be different from the one that comes out in 2012. For example, only 8 percent of likely voters are under age 30, compared to 18 percent of all voters in 2008. According to Pew, liberals make up 18 percent of likely voters, while moderates make up 32 percent of likely voters. In 2008, by contrast, liberals were 22 percent of all voters, while moderates were 44 percent of all voters. From African Americans to Latinos and low-income voters, there will be far fewer Democrats at the polls than usual. This isn't to say that things are peachy for the Democratic majority but to say that Republican gains -- even huge ones -- won't actually say anything about the electorate as a whole. Tomorrow's results won't tell us anything about the country's ideological direction nor will they reveal anything about what the...

President Palin, or the Politics of a Failing Economy.

(Flickr/ geerlingguy ) Sarah Palin has a shot at winning the presidential nomination, and some Republican strategists want to stop her before it happens: There is rising expectation among GOP elites that Palin will probably run for president in 2012 and could win the Republican nomination, a prospect many of them regard as a disaster in waiting. [...] "There is a determined, focused establishment effort … to find a candidate we can coalesce around who can beat Sarah Palin," said one prominent and longtime Washington Republican. "We believe she could get the nomination, but Barack Obama would crush her." I wouldn't be so sure of Palin's terrible odds; presidential elections are tied to economic performance, and if 2012 sees anemic growth and double-digit unemployment, then I wouldn't be shocked to see Palin eke out a win against the incumbent president, assuming she is the Republican nominee. We can already see a version of this scenario in Nevada, where Harry Reid faces long odds...

Voter Intimidation!

Except this one involves your neighborhood McDonald's and not two goofy black guys from Philadelphia (via Matt Yglesias ): Voter intimidation by employers strikes me as a lot more likely than voter intimidation by (the now-defunct) ACORN or any other shadowy group of minorities. Of course, I'm not a conservative, and I'm African American, so my perspective might be a little skewed. -- Jamelle Bouie

Fighting Till the End.

To jump off of Tim's post, a new Mason-Dixon poll shows Marco Rubio leading with 45 points to Charlie Crist's 28 and Kendrick Meek's 24: As his opponents argue over who should abandon their bid for U.S. Senate, Republican Marco Rubio is cruising toward the finish line, according to a new poll by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research. The results, released Friday morning, show Rubio with a 17-point lead over independent Gov. Charlie Crist and a 24-point lead over Democratic Congressman Kendrick Meek. Rubio is now supported by 45 percent of voters, while Crist gets 28 percent and Meek gets 21 percent. Rubio’s lead is now bigger than ever – virtually insurmountable, according to Mason-Dixon pollster Brad Coker. With that in mind, I can understand Meek's decision not to leave the race. For starters, it's not actually clear that he could pave the way for a Crist win if he dropped out of the race. Sure, without Meek to contend with, it's possible that Crist could bump up to the 50 percent...