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Mary Lynn Jones
Much is made of her status as the first black Republican woman elected to Congress. Less attention is given to her likely status as an "anchor baby."
It isn't about the substance, and it's only partly about presidential power.
They're already saying it might be impossible if Barack Obama hurts their feelings.
Do more for minorities and the poor, and you presumably risk driving social conservatives even further into the arms of Republicans. But ignore the needs of those who need more government activism and the Democratic base fails to turn out.
At the root of the uncertainty lies a pervasive doubt: whether the South can sustain the American Dream of each generation moving up and doing better than previous generations.