The root of last week's Obama/Clinton spat, writes John Dickerson in Slate, is the Achilles heel of the Obama campaign: She trounces him in experience. Standing next to her seems to make hiim look callow, and she used the opportunity to rub it in. Only 30% of Americans think his experience qualifies him to be president, versus more than 70% for her.
But unlike many who see the Clinton nomination as inevitable, Dickerson thinks Obama has a chance. By emphasizing his "no" vote on Iraq, Obama is saying that, credentials notwithstanding, he has better judgment. And his post-debate brawl with Clinton may be the best thing going for him, proving that he can be combative and self-assured despite her superior bona fides.