Teaming Up

The Clintons lure Obama into the fight he had vowed to avoid

Bill Clinton spent years rebranding himself as a global rock star, Hillary Clinton as the workhorse Senator who knew her stuff. She had the money, the machine and the momentum, until all of a sudden she didn't. There was Barack Obama, on his postpartisan pedestal, a transformational figure who somehow made hope sound hip, raised tons of cash, got kids to actually show up and vote, had red-state Democrats lining up to endorse him. This was not the fight the Clintons had trained for. Something had to change, and quickly.

So they teamed up. "I can't tell who I'm running against...

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