How Obama Should Run Out the Clock

Go abroad, write policy —and take a break, insiders urge
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted May 14, 2008 6:57 PM CDT
Supporters listens as Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., foreground, camapigns at a town hall-style meeting at Thorngate Ltd. in Cape Girardeau, Mo.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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(Newser) – Being stuck in political limbo is no excuse for not looking ahead, especially when your opponent has a head-start. Per the Washington Post, here’s what insiders say Barack Obama should do until it's official:

  • Go to the Middle East: Try though he may, Obama can’t fully reassure Jewish voters until he visits Israel.

  • Pick the money: All signs indicate Obama will pass on public financing in the general election. He should let his donors know soon, so they know what to do with their funds.
  • Get back to the Rust Belt: The more time spent with blue-collar voters in Pennsylvania and Ohio, the better. Perhaps some informal forums in which he talks about god and guns.
  • Write policy. Obama needs real fixes to go with his rhetoric. Get in the platform trenches.
  • Relax. Take some time off to freshen up. And maybe some new advisers to keep the energy high.
  • Get with the people. He seems to like being with people. More NASCAR and state fairs, please.