It really shouldn't surprise anyone. That's for two reasons.
- Number one- Obama isn't an experienced politician. He didn't work his way up through the ranks. He was thrust into the role, the position as President of the United States. Compare his experience, training etc with all the other Presidents in the past fifty years. So, expecting him to know how to campaign for others and all the back room stuff required, is very naive.
- Number two- Teddy Kennedy is dead. He was an experienced and very professional politician with a great staff. The Kennedy machine is missing the charisma, which was well-used by Obama's campaign.
If the Kennedy Clan hadn't backed Obama, then Hillary would have gotten the nomination and if she had become the U.S. President, then she and Bill would have done more for the Democrats who ran this week.
And another "if." If the NYC Teachers Union had gone officially against Bloomberg and supported Thompson, Bloomberg would probably have been defeated.
I love politics!