Politics & Government

November 4, 2008 11:09 PM

Obama saw an opportunity — and positioned himself to take it

Obama based his victory on two premises: First, that a backlash against President Bush would be sufficient to drive white swing voters into the arms of a first-term, biracial senator with liberal Chicago roots. Second, that the conventional wisdom that young, minority and poor people can't be counted on to vote was a symptom of previous candidates who didn't try hard enough.

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