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Perhaps seeing an opportunity to chip away a few black North Carolina voters from Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton's campaign is running a 60-second ad featuring Maya Angelou. Angelou's wording here echoes a Clinton ad running in Indiana at the moment and reflects on the American promise. Clinton, she says, "intends to help our country become what it can become." Of course, in terms of swaying specific audiences, one has to wonder if a poet actually speaks to any demographic. Angelou's not even identified in the spot. Having been fortunate enough to spend a fair amount of time outside of the sequestered and self-absorbed realms of academia and media, I wouldn't be surprised if there are a significant number of people thinking, "Hey, why's that nice old lady rambling on about Hillary Clinton?" Meanwhile, Barack Obama is busy stomping out the Jeremiah Wright fires.