Obama, Edwards Should Swap Campaigns

Each is running the wrong race to beat Hillary, writer argues

By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 25, 2007 6:55 PM CDT

(Newser) – Hillary Clinton’s place at the head of the Democratic table becomes more assured by the day, and Barack Obama and John Edwards must exchange strategies for any chance at an upset, New Republic blogger Noam Scheiber argues. The two have it backward: Edwards’ best bet is to run as an electable candidate; Obama’s shot is to carve out an insurgency.

The white moderate Southerner is “the most obvious beneficiary of any buyer’s remorse” primary voters might develop about Clinton, and he needs to push his “reassuring, inspiring” side, not come off as “scary or angry.” And Obama should be the one attacking the frontrunner stridently: The “black guy…with an exotic name” won’t win on electability alone.

Democratic presidential hopefuls Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., and former Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., talk on stage before the ABC News Democratic candidates debate, Sunday, Aug. 19, 2007, at Drake University...   (Associated Press)
Democratic presidential hopefuls Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., from left, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards and Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., walk to the stage before speaking at...   (Associated Press)
Democratic presidential hopefuls Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., left, and John Edwards are seen during a break in the Democratic presidential debate sponsored by CNN, YouTube and Google at The Citadel military...   (Associated Press)
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