For those of you who are backing Hillary because of McClurkin and others, I suggest you read all the articles about the hard-right prayer group Hillary has been going to for 15 years. It cuts both ways.
Also born on Chicago's south side, but moms took me out with white flight. The socially conservative, homophobic part of the African-American community has worked hard to keep a civil unions bill ate bay in the Illinois Legislature that I cover.
I think Hillary is a little more progressive on some issues, but her husband signed the Defense of Marriage Act, and she did not distance herself from it.
The coalition of voters Obama is trying to build is a tenuous one, and much like the Democratic Party as a whole, it relies on getting voters to agree on a candidate when they agree on little else.
His embrace of people like Meeks is troubling, but I think they'll have far less influence on his policy than people think. He's an intellectual, not an evangelical.