Klein on Obama

Barack Obama has refused to play by the old political rules. He's about to be rewarded for it

Callie Shell / Aurora for TIME

U.S. Sentor and presidential candidate Barack Obama enters an outdoor rally at the American Legion Mall in Indianapolis.

On the Saturday before the North Carolina and Indiana primaries, Hillary Clinton stood on the back of a vintage pickup truck in Gastonia, N.C., and let fly in the most impressive fashion — a woman transformed from Eleanor Roosevelt into Huey Long in two short months. Spotting a big yellow placard that said GAS TAX HOLIDAY IS BLATANT PANDERING — a sign she would have ignored in her earlier, less feisty incarnations — she went after the young Obamish sign-holders: Why wasn't the Federal Reserve accused of pandering when it bailed out the Bear Stearns investment bank to the...

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