Barack Obama is sizzling — and now he’s flirting with New Hampshire.
There is no doubt about it — and it looks like what was a Mark Warner-Hillary Rodham Clinton battle will increasingly look like a primary battle between Hillary and Barack Obama. Edwards is still in — but he’s not getting much oxygen in the press. I still like Wesley Clark as well.
The next campaign will be about the Iraq War, potentially the Iran War — and a competition of “personal narratives” — what each of these candidates overcame in their lives.
McCain, Obama, Clinton, Clark — all have compelling narratives.
I was just traveling in the UAE with the first woman Governor of New Hampshire, Jeanne Shaheen, and her Democratic powerhouse husband Bill Shaheen. As hard as I tried, I didn’t get any sense of who they might support in New Hampshire in 2008.
Wesley Clark was also in Dubai and good some good face time with the Shaheen political franchise.
The campaigns they have helped run or chaired included Jimmy Carter, Gary Hart, Al Gore and John Kerry. While their candidates aren’t batting 1000 on getting into the White House — they certainly have a good record for New Hampshire primary wins.
— Steve Clemons