How Obama Won

Monday, January 12, 2009

As Inauguration Day approaches, we look back at the 2008 presidential election, and how Barack Obama ended up winning. Leonard talks to two journalist who covered the race from the beginning: Nick Summers, Newsweek reporter; and Newsweek editor-at-large Evan Thomas, author of the new book A Long Time Coming.


Nick Summers and Evan Thomas

Comments [4]

mc from Brooklyn

Obama won the Dem primary by looking like a super-progressive candidate that many dreamed of, though he was really a centrist in disguise (as many are finding out now, much to their dismay).

He won the general because of the perfect storm in the economy and because in the face of that storm he actually sounded sensible while his opponent was all over the place.

Jan. 12 2009 01:04 PM
Ron Mwangaguhunga from Brooklyn, NY

Didn't David Geffen think that airing out that "subtext" of Bill Clinton's continuing philandering on the Op-Ed page was maybe too much?

Jan. 12 2009 12:24 PM
Zak from Washington Heights

I think Chuck Todd said it best on Fresh Air: Barack Obama and his team read the book on how to win the Democratic nomination, and Hillary Clinton and her team did not.

Jan. 12 2009 12:19 PM
RLewis from The Bowery

Wasn't Hillary counting on Edwards staying in 'till the end, but when he dropped out after S. Tue. Obama no longer had to split votes? That tanked Hillary until she could reinvent herself as the female Edward's regular-people-person -- too late.

Jan. 12 2009 12:18 PM

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