Obama's Must-Fix List

Among his chores: broadening his base of voters
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted May 7, 2008 5:11 PM CDT
Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Barack Obama.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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(Newser) – 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.