Congrats Obama, Here's Your To-Do List

Dem finally clinches the nomination—now the real work begins
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 4, 2008 11:14 AM CDT
In this May 5, 2008 file photo Barack Obama addresses supporters in rain at a rally in Indianapolis.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
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(Newser) – It wasn’t easy, but a bruised Barack Obama has finally wrapped up the Democratic nomination. The Guardian’s Michael Tomasky knows what he needs to do next:

  • Redefine himself. Obama has a lot of time now to remind us why he inspired people in the first place.
  • Define John McCain. The honeymoon should be over for the GOP nominee; Obama can attack him pointedly on Bush, Iraq, and his growing array of flip-flops.


  • Appease Hillary. It’s probably going to take a painful concession to make nice with the Clintons, but Obama needs to do it. He just shouldn’t make her VP.
  • Unite the party. Special attention needs to be paid to the voting blocks that swung Clinton’s way in the primaries. He also needs to get Hillary-endorsers onboard.
  • Brace himself, because, in Tomasky’s words, “We are going to see a lot of outright racist and other crazy garbage in this country until election day.”