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How Jesse Jackson made Obama's victory possible

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Ta-Neihsi Coates reminds us of the historical precedent Jesse Jackson set that paved the way for Obama's victory over Hillary Clinton: without proportional representation in the Democratic primaries, something Jackson and Harold Ickes rallied for after the '84 and '88 primaries, Clinton might have won.

The Private Intellectual also weighs in: "having Brazier stand there and talk about how all-fired patriotic Obama is and seeing Obama do a little Cosby-lite thing should have set off a lot of 'pandering to the white folks' bells --and, to judge from the conservative reaction, it worked perfectly." Dog-whistle politics: it's not just for Republicans.

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