(This seemed too long for a regular comment and thought a posting as an article might be more appropriate.)
This is a good article by Mr. Rich that points out some of the serious errors the Clinton campaign stumbled on. From my point of view there are much larger issues at stake. Barack Obama strikes a chord within people. It's a chord that Hillary, if she ever heard it, has forgotten.
Call it the "what's possible chord" or the "how great we can be chord". It doesn't matter what you name it. It has been discussed prolifically in columns talking about cults, Obamania and the revivalist like nature of some of his campaign stops. People don't get that passionate about something unless you press buttons that are buried deep within them. It's like a lover that knows how to touch you in all the right ways. It might drive you insane with lust and inspire loyal devotion but as time passes there has to be something more substantive to keep you around. I think there is with Senator Obama. He's an intelligent, well educated, family man that has shown good judgement and truly cares for the people around him in my opinion. As inspiring as that is in this day and age it doesn't set my loins on fire or cause me to faint.
What has compelled me to switch parties is his message of unity. As a sum of my experience, my beliefs tell me that we are ultimately all connected. From an atheists eyes, you can see we all breathe the same air, drink the same water and share the same planet. From my eyes, I can see that we are all unique expressions of the Source of All existence, that what I do to and for my fellows I do to and for myself. In my meditations I do not see a line where I end and you begin or where the USA ends and Mexico begins. You can't see those lines from several miles up in space, either.
Don't get me wrong. I don't think Obama is the Messiah, Buddha or a prophet. I think he is like me. He sees the road that is ahead of us if we don't change our path and he knows that we can. I was told the story of the 100th Monkey recently and pulled the Wiki entry on it. What even the debunked myth shows me is that with enough time and continued support behaviour can be changed among fairly unintelligent populations. In those populations there will always be individuals who are stuck on the old way of doing things. In this case, even the old monkeys accepted the idea of eating the sweet potatoes but they would not wash the sand off of them.
This is akin to the idea that we have to change Washington but we are going to be only combative in doing it. "It's us versus them!" That sounds like the guy that is leaving office. "You are either with us or against us!" It's time we moved past these schoolyard ideas and recognized the truth that we are all in this together and it's going to take some sustained effort from all of us to change it!