What Obama, Clinton Don't Get

Halperin runs down what the 2 top Dems are underestimating
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 4, 2008 1:29 PM CDT
In this May 5, 2008 file photo Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., addresses supporters in rain at a rally in Indianapolis.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
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(Newser) – Mark Halperin runs down what Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton aren’t counting on the day after the nomination was secured:
For Obama:

  • How intensely Clintonites feel about Hillary.
  • Delaying his VP pick will only exacerbate the Obama-Clinton scrutiny.
  • The sensitivity of the former first couple.
  • The intense scrutiny he'll now face.
  • How much distaste Camp McCain has for him.
  • How the GOP has been waiting for this moment.
  • How November will be about challenges facing the next prez.

For Clinton:

  • How big the comedown will be after dropping out.
  • Obama really doesn’t want to be attached to her.
  • How soon top staff will revolt if she doesn't drop out.
  • How much she’ll be criticized if she doesn’t do battle for Obama.
  • How much the press corps hates her.
  • The extent to which her female supporters have martyred her.
  • How hard it is to be Ted Kennedy—not Bob Dole.