TPM: Josh Marshall might want to try using Google [Karl]
TPM’s Josh Marshall is baffled by the racial voting patterns in the Democratic presidential campaign:
In so many words, perhaps the pattern is that Obama does well in states with large black populations (at least in terms of primaries) and states with very small black populations. The problem is in states with substantial but not particularly large African-American populations in which you have a deep-seated and pre-existing racial politics that ends up playing in Clinton’s favor. This, if the theory is right, would explain why Obama does well in the Mountain West and the South but has a harder time in states like Pennsylvania and Ohio.
I think this is part of an explanation. But I don’t think it adequately deals with all the admittedly small set of data we have. How, for instance, does it account for Obama’s victories in Missouri, Maryland, Virginia, Connecticut among other states? The first three of those in particular suggest that the pattern is not that simple.
Had Marshall put his finely-honed investigative skills to work, he might have thought to take some unique phraseÃ‚Â from his postÃ‚Â – e.g., “Obama does well in states with large black populations” — and plugged it into Google.