Today, Obama represents a movement, a movement on the center-left that has felt closed out of even Democratic politics for a long time. Obama can unite the Democrats, as the recent results in Maryland and in Virginia proved pretty dramatically. Just ask the expanding ranks of low-income, white men and white women who just cast their votes for Obama, too! Once elected, he will change the political landscape as well. And he can take on John “100-Year-War” McCain. It is a movement whose time has come.
Lawrence Bobo is the W. E. B. Du Bois Professor of Sociology and of African and African American Studies at Harvard University.