Thanks to Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire casino magnate, Karl Rove, President George Bush's political smear consultant, will have hundreds of millions of dollars to spend going after Sen. Barack Obama and Democratic candidates, and outside groups will also be doing everything they can to dismantle Democratic campaigns.
In the lead will be Freedom's Watch, a shadowy group whose strategies for undermining Democratic candidates and defeating change are being masterminded by Rove, who will "say anything, do anything" by scorched earth tactics he and George Bush unleashed on America in 2000 and 2004.
Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, popular in rural Ohio at the Democratic National Convention on Aug. 22, helped Sen. Clinton to a 9-percent-point victory in Ohio's March 4 primary, pushed the party's attack against Republican John McCain that he's out of touch with average Americans on kitchen table issues.
"When I was a little boy, I went to a one room school house," he said, playing up his rural roots.