Campaign Fatigue Grips Dems

On trail with no end in sight, both camps are exhausted
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 27, 2008 12:10 PM CDT
David Plouffe, campaign manager for Barack Obama poses in his Chicago campaign headquarters, Thursday, May 10, 2007. Though he lives in Chicago, Plouffe is rarely seen at home.   (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama likes to joke that since his campaign started, "babies have been born and are now walking and talking," but he's hardly exaggerating. The last 15 months have seen staffers from both his and Hillary Clinton's camps get married, become parents, and grow increasingly exhausted as the campaign grinds on. The Washington Post takes a closer look at campaign fatigue.

Both Clinton and Obama are no strangers to 20-hour workdays, and neither are their campaigners. Obama's press secretary, who got married last July, thinks his new wife has been as much a trooper as anyone on staff: "When you sign up to marry a guy, you don't expect that you're not going to see him for more than a year."