Subscribe to Blog via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

View Article

Search Articles


Political campaigns are built around six basic resources: 1) money; 2) time; 3) a candidate; 4) the people who work – or volunteer – in the campaign; 5) issues; and 6) demographics. Let’s compare Hillary’s campaign to Barack Obama’s.

1. Money – Hillary has more.

2. Time – Both started early; even playing field.

3. Candidate – Obama is more articulate; Hillary is more experienced. This is her third Presidential Campaign, his first.

4. People – like Hillary her campaign leaders have more experience.

5. Issues – Obama is flanking Hillary on the left on the war.

6. Demographics – Hillary has an edge as a woman.

Of course, money is the be-all and end-all in Presidential campaigns. It’s hard to defeat someone with a hundred million dollar megaphone in a business where volume matters. But experience may be Hillary’s other big advantage. Knowing how to do a thing – instead of learning as you go – can be half the battle. Obama’s announcement is an example.

Obama is running for President as an outsider. An anti-politician. A new kind of leader. But he announced for President standing in front of a row of archetypical granite columned government buildings in Chicago, speaking at a podium, with the archetypical political image of him holding his daughter with his wife at his side. He looked like anything but an anti-politician. By comparison Hillary announced on the internet with a video of her sitting in her living room. It is hadn’t been Hillary she would have looked like the non-politician.

I once worked with a lady who kept a sign on the wall in her office: Old age and cunning will beat youth and enthusiasm every time. Hillary’s certainly not old, but in the Democratic primary experience and cunning may be a lethal combination.

Click Here to discuss and comment on this and other articles in our Forum.


Actions: E-mail | Permalink | RSS comment feed |

Copyright (c) Talking About Politics   :   Terms Of Use   :   Privacy Statement