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.