Photo: NYT

Yesterday was the 42nd anniversary of the March on Selma. Although all attention was focused on Clinton and Obama, John Lewis (D – Ga.) and Keith Ellison (D – Mn.) were their also. I’m sure that most of the Black Caucus was there.

I would like to point out the obvious. This isn’t a horse race. This isn’t about “star” power. It is about ideas. It is about what these candidates will do under pressure. It is about … reforming the Democratic Party. Business as usual for 30 years got us one president throughout 3 decades. One. Business as usual got us a thin majority in House and a thinner majority in the Senate. This presidential race is about much, much more.

From NYT:

It was an extraordinary sight: the Clintons and Mr. Obama, two of them competitors for the Democratic presidential nomination, walking — with two black congressman, and sometimes others, in between them — down Martin Luther King Jr. Street to commemorate the footsteps of black demonstrators who were met with violence as they tried to march to Montgomery to demand civil rights in 1965.

The visit to Selma, a historically rich, economically struggling city, became a proxy battle for black support between Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Obama, whose candidacy represents a threat to Mrs. Clinton’s traditional base. That competitive dynamic intensified on Sunday with the debut of Mr. Clinton on the campaign trail, six weeks into his wife’s bid, and among a bloc of voters who are at once devoted to the former president and torn between his wife and Mr. Obama.