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December 29, 2012

2012 Is the Year Democrats Got Their Groove Back//

(Continued)

WASHINGTON —

There is no African-American or Hispanic Democrat in the U.S. Senate. There are no prominent Asian-American leaders within the Democratic Caucus. And Republicans have more minority governors currently serving than Democrats do.

The excitement of Obama's presidency provides a thin veil over the underlying problem of a lack of diversity within the nation's progressive party. Democratic leaders must reflect the coalition that put them there: black, brown, white, gay and straight. Obama may have rewritten the rules, but the Democratic Party will need to make fundamental changes in order to remain credible and representative in the post-Obama era.

For the times, they are a changin'.

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