Tales from the Trail

The First Draft: The president keeps campaigning

Back from his overseas trip, President Barack Obama has spent this week as campaigner-in-chief.

OBAMA/Every day Obama has pushed lawmakers to approve an overhaul of the healthcare industry — the president’s top legislative priority.

And last night he made a quick trip up to New Jersey to do some political campaigning and inject some presidential charisma into Governor Jon Corzine’s struggling re-election campaign.

While Obama was stumping for Corzine, his vice president Joe Biden was on a similar mission — campaigning for the Democratic nominee for governor in Virginia,  Creigh Deeds.

The Virginia and New Jersey governor elections in November are among the first major contests since Obama took office in January and could be seen as barometers of his success in achieving his agenda.

Harry and Louise switch sides in healthcare battle

They were fictional, but powerful opponents of the Clinton health plan.  Now they are joining the call for an overhaul this time around. HEALTHCARE/GRASSROOTS

Harry and Louise, the middle-class TV couple that helped kill the 1990s effort, have made a comeback in new commercials. But they’ve changed their tune.

The couple now says “it’s about time” for healthcare reform because more people are finding they can’t afford insurance. “A little more cooperation, a little less politics, and we can get the job done this time,” Louise says in the new ad.