Clinton campaign strategist Mark Penn, back in March, 2007, called Obama “unelectable except perhaps against Attila the Hun”. “I cannot imagine America electing a president during a time of war who is not at his center fundamentally American in his thinking and in his values.”
Penn was correct. But, he didn't foresee the Obama campaign's ruthlessness, and the media's complicity.
If Obama could only win against an ultra right wing lunatic Attila the Hun, they would make Palin out to be Mrs. Attila the Hun, and facts be damned.
Actually, as pure politics, it was a brilliant strategy. Morally? Intellectually? Not so much.