Last night, as I watched New Hampshire primary returns with friends, an African-American friend shook his head.
Hillary Clinton had been declared winner. Barack Obama had lost.
“I never had much faith in race relations in this country,” my friend said quietly. He looked hurt.
After a long weekend of celebrating Obama’s Iowa victory and the ostensible confirmation of American tolerance, New Hampshire voters gave Obama second place.
Second thoughts? My friend said the New Hampshire voters “had just enough time to think” about what Iowa had done, and now they had undone it.
What could I say? I said the primary season isn’t over, that maybe it’s good Obama lost one; winning shouldn’t be too easy. But holy cow. What is wrong with the Democrats?