“Obama’s runaway popularity is threatening the status of the early Democratic front-runner, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York. … ‘Democrats like me who like Hillary are afraid of Hillary [as a presidential candidate]. Hillary will have an ugly, brutal campaign because of the Hillary-haters,” said L. Sandy Maisel , a Colby College professor and Democratic activist in Maine. “I don’t think that’s good for the Democrats. I don’t think that’s good for the country.'”