Halperin’s Take: Obama’s Challenge

"He thinks they're going to nominate someone who is so controlled by and beholden to the Tea Party, that he's able to win... The project he faces now, him with his advisors, is the same as Bill Clinton in 1995, George Bush in 2003, which will culminate in the convention next summer; how do you tell a story about the same guy, because he's the same guy, in a different way that takes into account the troubles of his first term and contrasts him with the Republican. He looks in very bad shape. The poll numbers you cite put him in bad shape. The minute there is a Republican nominee, he will look to be in stronger shape than he's in today no matter who that is, no matter how they emerge. Once he has the ability to contrast - George Bush, 2004, contrast with Kerry won him the election. Clinton did it with Dole. Obama will at least try to do it with whoever the Republican is."

On “Hardball,” Halperin says Obama to count on a GOP candidate “controlled by and beholden to the Tea Party.”

"He thinks they're going to nominate someone who is so controlled by and beholden to the Tea Party, that he's able to win... The project he faces now, him with his advisors, is the same as Bill Clinton in 1995, George Bush in 2003, which will culminate in the convention next summer; how do you tell a story about the same guy, because he's the same guy, in a different way that takes into account the troubles of his first term and contrasts him with the Republican. He looks in very bad shape. The poll numbers you cite put him in bad shape. The minute there is a Republican nominee, he will look to be in stronger shape than he's in today no matter who that is, no matter how they emerge. Once he has the ability to contrast - George Bush, 2004, contrast with Kerry won him the election. Clinton did it with Dole. Obama will at least try to do it with whoever the Republican is."
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