Before the Iowa caucus and Oprah Winfrey, it appeared Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) would win the South Carolina black vote 2-1 over Sen. Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaBiden jokes about Obama memes: 'Barack did the first friendship bracelet, not me' Slain Saudi columnist upends 'Davos in the Desert' Sanders, Harris set to criss-cross Iowa MORE (D-Ill.).

This was largely due to former President Bill Clinton's strong ties to the minority community in the Palmetto State. They have what many would call a lethal political infrastructure in South Carolina. And minorities and voters at large initially didn't think that the inexperienced senator from Illinois had a prayer of a chance to win South Carolina, let alone anywhere else.

My, oh my, how political fortunes can change — just like the 24-hour news cycle. All of a sudden the Obama machine wins Iowa, places a strong second in New Hampshire and, with the Winfrey endorsement in tow, now seems to be the favorite son of the South.

The voters now have a brand-new set of lenses and are sensing that the rock Barack is the candidate to beat. Now his popularity is soaring in the Bible Belt state and voters are beginning to witness a man whom they perceive as genuine and personable, one who relates well to their rural issues; and we know in politics when people like you, they begin to trust you and will eventually vote for you.

It's not about the fact that we know very little about Mr. Obama and the fact that he has spent three years in the U.S Senate, with the last year on the road campaigning for president. The elite press, like The New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today and the major networks, have their own difficulty with the race issue and therefore give Sen. Obama an incredible pass with little scrutiny of his voting record, his ties to Islam, and just who in the heck he is.

It's obvious that the media elite are fascinated with the idea that in their lifetime we could possibly elect the first black President of these United States. This seems to trump all else and as former President Clinton correctly stated, Sen. Barack Obama is having a fairy-tale presidential campaign. No matter how good this may be for the image of America at home and abroad, if the good senator wins the Democratic nomination, will he be held to the same standard as all the candidates in terms of close scrutiny?