Deeming Hillary Clinton knocked out, John Judis takes a look at Barack Obama’s flaws in the New Republic and finds the Democrat with much to work on before Election Day:
- His base: Obama has become too dependent on young and black voters, after early success with white men.
- His ideology: He's seen as too liberal. Great showings among moderates and conservatives in Iowa have been followed by big losses in the political middle.
- His forcefulness: Hoosier voters called Clinton better commander-in-chief material by a 9-point margin. Obama has to buck the “effete” image.
- His priorities: The public cares less about the war than it once did. He needs to get more comfortable with the economy.
- His faith: He’s lost churchgoing voters and will need to get them back without bringing up his departed pastor.