My good friend Bob Wing, who I have worked alongside in War Times/Tiempo de Guerras, along with Marqueece Harris-Dawson who is executive director of the Community Coalition in Los Angeles, have written an analysis of color-coded voting in New Hampshire. (Emphasis is my addition.)
For a multi-factor analysis of the discrepancy between the pre-New Hampshire polling and the outcome, see this piece by Chris Bowers.
But Bob and Marqueece are right: ignoring the country's historic white supremacist and misogynist patterns won't make them go away. This strange and wonderful campaign contest among the Democratic contenders serves as an opportunity for folks to air some dirty linen -- and move beyond our secret fears.
Poor John Edwards -- he gets brushed to the periphery by the imperative to face our evil ghosts -- though he's the one who set the bar on the war, the economy and health care access.
This campaign is good for the country.