Together again, campaigning on stage — only this time not as rivals. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton make their much touted joint appearance in Unity, NH this morning, eager to give a kick in the pants to the grand healing of the Democratic Party. Almost too cute for words, Unity, NH, was chosen as the spot not just for its name, but because voters there awarded exactly 107 votes to each candidate at the primary contest in January.
It's a back-scratching come-together (as in, "I'll scratch yours if. . .") Obama needs Clinton to give her voters and donors the thumbs up to shift their loyalties, and Clinton needs the guarantee she'll be treated as a respected surrogate and important part of the campaign — as well as a "hey, Obama. Can I borrow a few million?" campaign debt-clearing effort. To see how Obama kicked that off, read more.
The debt-clearing effort began last night when Clinton introduced Obama to 300 of her best (at least $100,000-best) fundraisers at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington DC. At the event, Obama confessed to his own entry in the fundrace, his and Michelle's maximum donations to Clinton. He said:
I wrote my check to the Hillary for President Committee. I recognize that this room shares the same passion that a roomful of my supporters would show. I do not expect that passion to be transferred. Senator Clinton is unique, and your relationships with her are unique. Senator Clinton and I at our core agree deeply that this country needs to change.
Exciting though the symbolism of uniting might be, the actual event was apparently deathly dull. One attendee said, "it was like a dentist's appointment." Ouch. Are voters ready to accept a united Democratic party? Are Hillary supporters ready to make the switch? Is the meeting in New Hampshire today the real deal, or just a "show" of unity?