Obama: 67 Days, 6 Vital Tasks

Dem strategists come up with Obama to-do list to win tough fight
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 29, 2008 3:29 AM CDT
Barack Obamagestures during is acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention in Denver.    (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)
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(Newser) – Democrats leave their convention on an emotional high, having anointed a historic candidate whose journey  former president Jimmy Carter called  "almost a miracle," USA Today notes. The paper consults top Democrats for a to-do list for a victory in November.

  • Go all-out to reintroduce himself to voters and quash the 'celebrity' tag.
  • Boost his foreign policy cred—currently the weakest link in his résumé.

  • Use the issues to cement the link between John McCain and George W. Bush.
  • Connect with the ordinary working-class voters who flocked to Clinton—in short, learn to bowl.
  • Court women voters. He leads by a comfortable margin among women but there is still plenty of wooing of disaffected Clintonistas to be done.
  • Keep the voters fired up. Obama's candidacy sparked a blaze of enthusiasm among young and African-American voters, but he must work to keep things on the boil.