"The night Barack Obama is expected to accept the Democratic nomination will be Aug. 28, the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" address from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. King had a dream, and Barack Obama is part of its fulfillment.
"We live in a more just and open country than we did 45 years ago, a country where an African-American may be elected president. That doesn't mean the country is perfectly just, or that we live in a new, post-racial era. But concerns about race in this election are overstated.
"Do many rural or working-class people have questions about Obama? Sure. But these are less about race than about culture. Obama has not lived their lives."
Former 9th District Congressman Harold Ford Jr. has some words of advice in a column he wrote for Newsweek online. It's about how to connect with rural voters, something HFjr. learned a little about while running for the Senate in Tennessee. It's an interesting read.