NY Times: Hate the game, not the player: Barack Obama won the Democratic nomination by mastering the system, not by routing Hillary Clinton....
The Obama campaign had a better understanding of the system. It found the possibilities and made the most of them. Whatâs more, the Clinton campaign let it do this. Simply put, Obama out-maneuvered Clinton. Clinton supporters need to respect this.
Meanwhile, Obama supporters need to recognize that their candidate is the victor not because he put together a majority coalition, but because he out-maneuvered Clinton. This was a highly intelligent strategy, but it was not a grand feat of majority building. Obama supporters need to recognize that their candidate won not because âthe people had their say,â but because his campaign out-smarted her campaign. Accordingly, they need to respect the candidate whom they could not beat in a straight-up fight for votes.