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Inside Obama's War Room

KatieCouric launched a new reporting project Thursday night about the campaign staffs of Hillary Clinton, John McCain and Barack Obama. She started by profiling Obama's staff, and visiting his Chicago campaign headquarters.

For those that follow campaign politics closely, the piece puts faces to the names of frequently quoted people: campaign manager David Plouffe, chief strategist David Axelrod, deputy communications director Daniel Pfeiffer, deputy press secretary Ben LaBolt, and speechwriter Jon Favreau (no, not that Jon Favreau):

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By Ed O'Keefe |  April 25, 2008; 2:05 PM ET Barack Obama
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COUNTDOWN TO VICTORY
298 DELEGATES TO GO

OBAMA WINS

VS 436 HILLARY

WITH ONLY 706 LEFT
298 SUPERS 408 ELECTED

LOOKING GOOD
FEELING GOOD
GO OBAMA

Posted by: Scott wells | April 25, 2008 3:14 PM

Anyone who pays attention to long bicycle races knows that once the fella in the yellow jersey builds up a big overall lead, the others can win a few of the daily stages but can't gain enough ground to make up the deficit.

This is Hillary's situation right now. She expended gobs of money that her campaign didn't have, and trashed her trustworthiness (60+ % of voters now don't think she's a truth-teller), to pick up what?

A measly seven or eight delegates. It's like picking up thirty seconds in the bike race, when the leader is ten minutes in front.

This race is about delegates, remember? She keeps trying to move the goalposts, but that too is a waste of effort. She can't catch Obama in the delegate count. All she can do is drag the party down farther day by day. Naked ambition ain't a pretty thing.

Posted by: laboo | April 25, 2008 3:27 PM

Why did McBush want to pull ad that was not too complimentary of Obama? Why, there must be some political advantage to trying to pull this ad. Good for NC - as I understand it - they have declined his request! By the time nominations come all AMERICA WILL KNOW OBAMA IS A BUM!!
and we cannot represent to the world a him as President of the USA and the peole of our country.

As for McBush, who in their right mind would vot for a man who wants to be President and just continue the horrible doctrins of GWB

Posted by: LYNN PARKER | April 25, 2008 3:40 PM

Absolutely agree!! The Hillary campaign has been totally outshined by Obama's camp in organization: To be fair to both sides, one would need to take good reflection of this nomination campaign since it started about 15 months ago. Observe the trend in every event, and if you are truly an unbiased character you'll see the truth as it really is. Hillary has made numerous excuses, tried to manipulate voters with her michevious tactics, now she claims to be ahead in popular votes, how? Who's advsing her. And thank you for reminding us, that this is still a game of delegates, so her clams are completely insane. She should keep running, that's her right, and i hope in the end, there's a purpose to her arrogant sturbonness.

Posted by: Martin | April 25, 2008 3:40 PM

POPULAR VOTE DOUNT COUNT FOR JACK
AND BILL IS NO HELP EITHER

ASK AL GORE

Posted by: JACK SHOT | April 25, 2008 3:43 PM

Hahahahahahahahaahahaahhaahahahha
You have got to believe this.
So much to say. Get back to it later.

http://www.newsweek.com/id/133557/page/4


Hahahahahahahahaahahaahhaahahahha
You have got to believe this.
So much to say. Let us lay it out one by one
http://www.newsweek.com/id/133557/page/4


said Davis, who was friendly with Palmer at the time.
"She went out and recruited Barack."
...................
She filed petitions to get on the ballot for the spring 1996 primary,
but Obama took steps to make sure voters wouldn't get a chance to pick her.
...................


1. Is this so called NEW politics?
No one blames you if just say it is politics.
You call it new politics? hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm


2. Good, Bad, and Ugly
Someone tells you where treasure is.
It is fine you just take all and run away.
But instead you kill that poor person.
Wow, speechless
What a character


3. Gentleman
He is really a 'nice gentleman'
fight hard with Woman with SKILLs
You follower should be very proud. LOL


More coming.....

Posted by: jy2008 | April 25, 2008 3:50 PM

ITS GUILT BY ASSOCIATION DAY ON THE ELECTION TRAIL

NOW WHO IS MARRIED TO THE LAST PRESIDENT
TO LOSE SENATE AND HOUSE MAJORITIES
BECAUSE HE COULD NOT KEEP HIS ZIPPER
ZIPPED?

Posted by: DIRTY DEEDS | April 25, 2008 3:58 PM

1. Maybe he is testing out what effect there will be during the campaign later on
2. Due to his ad if Hillary does better, she continues fighting there by delaying the nomination process which definitely is helping mccain

Posted by: V | April 25, 2008 3:58 PM


BOMB BOMB BOMB BOMB IRAN
JOHN mCcAIN WILL

WATCH OBAMA GET A TEN POINT
PUSH WHEN THE PRIMARY IS OVER

298 DELGATES TO OBAMA VICTORY

Posted by: ANITNEOCRAT NEOCON NATION | April 25, 2008 4:28 PM

Dress tips for Mr Obama.

I believe the right attire can improve the visual messages a person is sending out to his audience so have taken the liberty and have come up with the following for Mr Obama.

1/ Jacket - relatively figure hugging and well cut (think Italian). I saw the back of him in one of those video clips where he was seen wearing a jacket which seemed a size bigger than his own and without a slit in the middle of the back. This did not flatter his long and lean figure. He looked as if he was wearing a potatoe sack. He should wear suits that is exactly his size.
In terms of colors, think dark grey matched against a pale baby pink, or dark navy with very subtle pin stripes worn with a very pale pastel blue shirt.

2/ Shirts - very pale blue or pale pink rather than white, also Italian.

3/ Ties should have small prints or dots against pale neutral background. Think small prints of flowers or dots rather than stripes.


The overall look should be preppy yet relaxed looking brainy professional.


Posted by: Afashiondesignersfriend | April 25, 2008 4:49 PM

It was interesting and also entertaining to watch the video on the Obama campaign's war room. The staff looked all very professional and brainy but they all seem terribly young which explains why Obama has done well particularly with young people. Maybe I can suggest that the campaign hires a couple of mature women(especially white since they are the staple voting bloc for Hillary Clinton) who can provide inputs on this specific demographic group. Just a thought.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 25, 2008 4:56 PM

Isn't this funny? Thoughtful Obama supporters simply have stopped taking serioulsy any comments fanatical Clinton supporters post all over the place. These comments are, in general, slanderous of Obama and his associates and are just highly invective rants rather than careful reflection of their thoughts.

You know, one does not normally sit down to argue with a tod on a point by point basis. One simply ignores the tantrum in such a situation.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 25, 2008 5:02 PM

Obama is done. He his unelectable. On top of that, he doesn't have enough pledged delegates to win, he like HRC needs super delegates. They won't give it to him.
He will get some more endorsements so the "superD's" can go back to constituents and say " I voted, but had to change my vote to save the election".
After Rev Wright, his inability to connect to middle America, and the bitter comments -- he won't recover.
Watch his speeches, they have lost the energy he once had. He started to look "defeated". He is out of touch and he nor his staff can figure out how to make him relevant with middle America.
It reality folks, to keep arguing over super delegates is a waste of time.

Posted by: BZ | April 25, 2008 6:28 PM

Lynn Parker,

The reason that McCain wanted the ad pulled was because he and Obama have been trying to stay focused on the real issues and stay away from overly negative campaigning.

Unlike the third contender in the race.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 25, 2008 6:44 PM

Ha! This is funny....Hillary is done...she has successfully succeeded the Democratic party...the news pundits and everyone discounted the black vote...they only focused on the white votes....funny thing is, they can't win without the black vote NO Democratic candidate and 92% of African Americans woould stay home before they voted for Clinton. They are dedicated democrats but they won't support Hillary. Another group that wont support her is the overwhelming amount of young inspired voters, they'd either vote for McCain or stay home, and the overwhelming amount of new voters that the Obama campaign has gotten....they'd never vote for Clinton....No one in these groups like the kind of campaign that the Clintons have ran. They have used the Black voters and the Hispanic voters....now they are using the white and the poor and uneducated voters....this is really sad....but Hillary's days are numbered and she won't win the nomination, she wouldn't win the Presidency if she were nominated, she probably won't win the Senate seat again (the recent poll in NY showed that 60% said they don't want her) and she if she were to run again in 2012, we'd be waiting for her...LMAO!!! She's done!!!

Posted by: Hill's done!!! | April 25, 2008 6:45 PM

..."Thoughtful Obama supporters simply have stopped taking serioulsy any comments fanatical Clinton supporters post all over the place..."

Yes. At this point, I think, everyone just views Hillary's supporters as... ahem... 'delusional'.

Posted by: wolf | April 25, 2008 6:46 PM

Why is Rove giving pointers to Obama?? If Obama would be elected it would be for ONE TERM AND THEN IN COMES BROTHER JEB BUSH FOR THE KILL.

OBAMA'S DEMEANING REMARKS ABOUT BLUE COLLAR WORKERS IN SMALL TOWNS ARE SURE FIRE INSULTS TO BLACKS, MANY OF WHOME ARE FACTORY WORKERS AND LABORERS. THE GUY JUST KNOWS MONEY FLOWS IN FROM ALL THE LOWDOWN THEIVES WHO ARE HIS FRIENDS AND HIS TEACHER, REV. WRIGHT AND HE THINKS HE CAN GET AWAY WITH REMARKS THAT WILL TURN AROUND AND BITE HIM IN THE A**. Very soon these endorsers will say,I'm out of it with this guy!

Posted by: LYNN PARKER | April 25, 2008 7:19 PM

VIDEO from inside the WarRoom!

check it out!

youtube.com/watch?v=IcZwHuR_BMc

Posted by: PoliSye | April 25, 2008 9:53 PM

Hillary is a good candidate.
Barack is a good candidate.

Posted by: janice | April 26, 2008 2:28 AM

How many Super Delegates would she have if not for Bill Clinton. Most of them got on board when everyone thought she would walk away with the nomination. Plus most of her delegates are part of the "Old Boy" network and when they come up for reelection, they may themselves out in the street.

Posted by: Chazzg | April 26, 2008 1:11 PM

re which voters will not support the other candidate, the polling question that has not been asked is what percentage of Obama supporters will not support Clinton if the super delegates "steel" the nomination from Barack. I think the number is very high. It certainly includes me and most of my friends who support Barack.

GS

Posted by: GS for Obama | April 26, 2008 2:42 PM

Hillary has proved many times over that she couldn't manage a campaign for 4 months without infighting, finger pointing, running heavy debts, and an overall feeling of untrustworthiness. All this with the 35 years of her own experience and another 8 years of Bill's experience plus the experience of conducting many camapigns in Arkansas, New York and the general white house election twice. On top of all this she has lost focus of the fact that the primaries are judged by delegate count and not popular vote count. Does the American people want such a person to run the country for 4 or 8 years? She has disaster written all over her forehead.

Posted by: Bill Stranton | April 27, 2008 11:29 AM

I thought that was a really cool piece and am sorry Ms. Couric seems to be on her way out as an anchor. I couldn't believe how long (in TV terms) it was -- it actually gave you a feel for more than one person because there was time for her to meet several. In retrospect a half-hour (in reality 20 minutes or less) newscast was a terrible misfit for this talented woman.

Re what we actually saw, is that your dream job or what? Smart, relaxed, hard-working people who know what they are doing and comfortably hand off to let their subordinates do the talking. My view all along of the Obama campaign has been "workhorses, not showhorses" (translation for non-horse people, this is a compliment). Having seen this behind-the-scenes glimpse I would now add there's a "successful tech-startup" vibe that I hadn't glimpsed before. Wow.

I'm an Obama supporter but would enjoy an equally positive look at the no-doubt different but interesting cultures of the McCain and Clinton headquarters. Let's face it, the people there deserve their moment in the sun as well after the past fifteen-plus months. Feel the love.

Posted by: Fairfax Voter | April 27, 2008 6:14 PM

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