That's the Dems plan. That's why the Dem leaders are flocking to Obama while the Dem voters are choosing Hillary.
If Obama wins, the leaders were part of history and will speak of supporting Obama like they spoke of marching with Martin Luther King.
If Obama looses, so what?
They get Obama Lite.
Additionally, the down ticket can depend on 90% of the black vote for another generation and that's where the action is.
I hope none of us think that there will not be a huge problem if Obama is the nominee and loses. The first real black candidate, he can't possibly lose. Al, Jesse, Louis, and Jeremiah will be right there to rally the black community with lies and get them to do stupid things. I'm glad I live in the burbs if he doesn't win.