Obama benefited from blunders committed by the Clinton camp, among them the failure to appreciate the importance of the Iowa caucuses; an expectation the race would end swiftly, leaving the candidate flat-footed and broke when it didnt; and, perhaps above all, Clintons decision to run as the candidate of experience at a time when Democratic voters were ravenous for change. The question was, was Hillary Clinton really the remedy? It was our supposition, based on everything we could see, and intuition, that Barack represented the starkest departure from Bush and from the kind of politics that people were really recoiling from in Washington, said Obamas chief strategist David Axelrod.
Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times
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