The New Success

A few years ago, the Boston Globe Magazine declared billion the new million . Previously unimaginable, it was the new yardstick of an expanding society—the new standard for what it takes to make you say whoa .

Now the same spirit of growth has pervaded the Democratic contest, which often resembles an arms race more than a political race. Fundraising is booming, crowds are swelling, and YouTube has raised the bar for what makes a successful campaign video.

Here are some of the new benchmarks, falling short of which now constitutes failure:

  • Conference calls held with reporters: 4 a day

  • Facebook friends: 588,537

  • Full-time familial surrogates: 2

  • Clothing designs: 1

  • Day on which you’ll be ready to lead: 1