Clinton partisans have said that Obama has run a vicious campaign and attacked her unfairly. Obama partisans have said the same about Clinton’s campaign. In the scheme of things, each candidate benefited from some of the less savory aspects of America. And the candidates themselves have stayed mainly within typical intra-party bounds in their criticisms.
But I think the best illustration of the difference between the two campaigns is this list written by davefromqueens over at the Daily Kos of “35 Things the Obama Campaign Never Did.” Obama has run a hard-nosed campaign but he showed a very classy and winning restraint as well. I don’t think anyone can come up with a similar list of attacks the Clinton campaign didn’t launch.