Barack Obama is officially entering the 2008 race for the White House.
Politically, it’s a mistake for him. Obama has never had to deal with the stress of a truly competitive campaign, he’s never had to deal with concerted opposition researches digging up his past, and he’s running against one of the most ruthless political operatives in America today.
In others, he’s just jumped into the lion’s den.
As Politico notes, the public proctal exam that every candidate goes through is just beginning for Obama — he’s gotten a free ride thus far, but now that he’s officially in the race that ends. I have a feeling that once the heat is on, the Obama campaign will lose its luster very quickly, and Obama will see what could have been his front-runner status in 2012 destroyed by jumping the gun.