Soon-to-be Pres. Barack Obama may actually long for the days of Bill Clinton's divided government. So far, he hasn't exactly gotten a great boost from his supposed "friends" in the Democratic Party.
Two Democratic governors -- including one Obama had nominated to be Commerce Secretary -- find themselves under federal investigation. And, well, Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is almost making former majority leader Trent Lott -- a Mississippi Republican -- look like a paragon of racial progressiveness.
Now, Reid may have been reading the political tea leaves correctly: He truly believes that none of those men can win an election statewide. However, if Reid studied his history a bit more closely, he might realize that -- for all of its racial baggage -- Illinois is the only state in the Union that has twice elected African-Americans to the US Senate over the last, oh, hundred years or so. So, who's to say that not one of those three (Jackson Jr., Davis or Jones) couldn't win the office fair and square?
Geez, if Carol Mosely Brauncould win a statewide election and get to the Senate, anyone can.
Robert A. George is a New York Post editorial writer. A one-time aide to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, he also blogs at Ragged Thots and occasionally dabbles in stand-up comedy.