My comment on an Yglesias post was kinda terse.
But the characteristic of the Obama campaign was pretty simple. They were trying to win. They weren't trying to retain their cred, if they lost. They weren't using the well-worn strategies of the past. They weren't mindlessly sucked into new media.
The were running to win. Not IA or NH for its own sake. But the nomination. Not the daily news cycle, but the Presidency.
We can only hope that a similar focus extends into the Presidency--that Obama has a four year vision, not a news cycle vision.