Emails from Clinton allies show how they tested Obama during ’08 election

By Gennaro Ilaria 10/18/16

WikiLeaks has published more emails of the roughly 10,000 hacked from Clinton Campaign Chairman John Podesta, showing that Democratic strategists were gauging voter attitudes about what they believed to be Obama’s weak spots.
The weaknesses believed to be the biggest issues were how people felt about his father’s Muslim background; Obama’s father was “a Muslim and Obama grew up among Muslims in the world’s most populous Islamic country,” a reference to his time in Indonesia. The emails also focused on his admitted past cocaine use, which he described as a “little blow.” 
The emails also tested how people felt about his support for driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants, his stance on gay adoption, and his decision in 2007 to stop wearing an American flag pin. 
The exchanges took place between Podesta, Democratic consultants Tom Matzzie and Paul Begala, and two others in January during the 2008 election. This was just after Obama had beaten Clinton in the Iowa Democratic caucuses at that stage in the race, as they were looking to see how he would do against John McCain in a general election.