One of the most important days in the Democratic Party’s presidential contest arrives today. It involves neither a caucus nor a primary, not a kickoff nor concession speech, and no direct confrontations—party leaders hope—between the candidates. Indeed, for many Americans, it’s a holiday. It’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and how it goes will tell us much about the racial and religious politics in the Democratic contest. [...]Read the rest of Grasping King’s mantle.
David Domke is a professor in the Department of Communication and head of journalism at the University of Washington. He is the author of God Willing? Political Fundamentalism in the White House, the "War on Terror," and the Echoing Press (Pluto Press, 2004). His new book, The God Strategy: How Religion Became A Political Weapon in America, was coauthored with Kevin Coe of the University of Illinois and was published in January 2008 by Oxford University Press.