Senator Barack Obama has had enough of the warm-up. He's ready for the National Anthem and the coin toss. He's ready to rock.
Senator Hillary Clinton needs a time-out. She hasn't stretched, her muscles are tight, her game plan needs a complete retooling.
Obama is Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady before the season: calm, confident, poised, ready to win.
Clinton is Jets Quarterback Chad Pennington before the season: talented but thrown off-kilter by unforeseen events, confidence shaky, throwing interceptions all over the place.
It all comes down to the playoffs: Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina. In each of these states, Obama is either ahead or right on Clinton's heels. When the pressure's on, Brady never chokes; Pennington usually does. Will Clinton play it like Pennington---or will she loft it like Brady?