Douthat on the future of Obama, if he loses:
"While Jason Zengerle wonders what will happen to Barack Obama's supporters if he loses, I'm wondering what happens to Obama himself. Good things, arguably: Given the campaign he's run and the kind of fervor he's generated, I think he's better-positioned for a future run at the Presidency than any failed primary candidate since Ronald Reagan (that name again!) after he lost to Ford 1976."
Of course it would all have to do with a Clinton presidency (assuming she wins). If she's like Bill in his first term--competent, simulates the economy (and not her loins), it would be harder for Obama to win running on his 08' platform. He might win, but we would see another Obama, and for better or worse, it probably wouldn't be nearly as far reaching or inspiring.