the electoral college epitomizes this. remember, women and african-americans were enfranchised (TWICE in the case of the latter). let's not get into AIPAC conspiracy theories, but the jewish-american "voting block" cannot be dismissed. these are important people.
At least 1,000 Israeli Arabs protest death of Palestinian infant in deadly West Bank arson (Haaretz)
from the article: Capitol Letter / Obama is stuck between a veto and a hard place