At the end of the rainbow coalition?

The apparent hostility of Hispanic Democrats to Barack Obama on racial grounds seemed to play a prominent role in the Nevada caucuses last week. Obama lost hugely to Clinton in Nevada among Hispanics (23-64 according to Newsday). Why? Last week’s New York Times story by Adam Nagourney and Jennifer Steinhauer on black-Hispanic tensions stays resolutely on the surface. It’s a phenomenon that we would be learning much more about if it were occurring within the Republican Party.
The Manhattan Institute’s City Journal is a quarterly that frequently strikes me as the most timely publication in the country. In the new issue, senior editor Steven Malanga provides historic context to last week’s headlines in “The rainbow coalition evaporates.”


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