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By prospect   May 2008

In-fighting pays off for US Democrats

Contrary to accepted wisdom, the bitter mud-slinging between the two Democratic candidates over the few past months has probably helped the party more than it has hurt it, writes Mary Fitzgerald. While working on Obama’s Pennsylvania campaign recently, I often heard party elders rueing the “ammunition” the warring camps were supplying for McCain in the November election (Obama the “elitist” snob, Clinton the amoral “monster” and so on).

But this ignores the enormous potential gains from their gripping contest. While the Democrats dominated the headlines throughout March and April, McCain slipped from the public…

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