Elections are generally defined by the incumbent ... and rarely do people look for a replica. They almost always look for a remedy and, in [ President] Bushs case, that was particularly so, Axelrod went on. The question was, was Hillary Clinton really the remedy? It was our supposition, based on everything we could see, and intuition, that Barack represented the starkest departure from Bush and from the kind of politics that people were really recoiling from in Washington.
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