Great White Hope

To be perfectly honest with you: Having observed the ascent of Illinois State Senator Barack Obama within the ranks of the National Democratic Party over the course of the past 18 months (or so—the Republican incumbent serving in the U.S. Senate from Illinois, Peter Fitzgerald, having announced as far back as April, 2003, that he would not seek re-election when his seat came up for contest this November), culminating in Obama’s delivery of the Keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in

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