Clinton campaigned too long and too loftily as a front-runner, following the old rules of politics, emphasizing the past, downplaying her own attempt to make history as the nation’s first woman president. It was no match for Obama’s message of hope and change, embodied by his breaking of racial barriers and the new blood he drew into the political system. “We didn’t have the burden of expectations and a life-long career path,” said David Plouffe, Obama’s campaign manager. “We were very much, ‘If it works out, it works out.’”
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