I truly believe that Bill is calling the shots in her campaign and his unchecked ego is making it difficult for her campaign strategists to keep him in check.
Senator Edward M. Kennedy was set to endorse Senator Barack
Obama for president on Monday as part of an effort to lend Kennedy charisma
and connections to Mr. Obama as he heads into a 22-state showdown with
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.
The disclosure of the endorsement, which followed a public appeal on Mr. Obama's behalf by Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of President John F. Kennedy, was a blow to the Clinton campaign and pits leading members of the nation's most prominent Democratic families against one another.
Beginning with a joint appearance and rally in Washington on Monday, Mr. Kennedy, a major figure in party politics for more than 40 years, intends to
campaign aggressively for Mr. Obama, heading West this week, followed by
appearances in the Northeast. Strategists see him bolstering Mr. Obama's
credibility for the office and providing particular benefits with union members
and Hispanics, as well as the party base. Both the Clintons and their allies
had pressed Mr. Kennedy for weeks to remain neutral, but Mr. Kennedy had become
increasingly disenchanted with the tone of the Clinton campaign. He and former
President Bill Clinton had a heated telephone exchange earlier this month over
what Mr. Kennedy considered misleading statements by Mr. Clinton about Mr.
Obama, as well as his injection of race into the campaign.
Mr. Kennedy called Mr. Clinton on Sunday to tell him of his decision.
The endorsement appears to support assertions that Mr. Clinton's campaigning on behalf of his wife in South Carolina has in some ways hurt her candidacy.
Campaign officials, without acknowledging any faults on Mr. Clinton's part, have said they will change tactics and try to shift Mr. Clinton back into the role he played
before her loss in the Iowa caucuses, emphasizing her record and experience
and steering clear of criticizing Mr. Obama.
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