Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton sure were chummy during last night’s CNN-sponsored debate. Obama started off on the right foot by assuring the voters – particularly the Democrats – that he and Hillary are friends. Said the Senator from Illinois, “And I also want to note that I was friends with Hillary Clinton before we started this campaign; I will be friends with Hillary Clinton after this campaign is over.” He did, however, first thank John Edwards, the Democrats new saint, as one pundit put it later in the evening.
Clinton also gave Edwards some love, but made sure to extend an olive branch to Obama, as well.
The debate turned out to be less bickering and more mutual masturbation as the candidates took a unified front. “As we move forward in this debate,” said Obama, “Understand we are both Democrats and we understand the issues at stake. We want change from George Bush.” Clinton echoed Obama’s comments, but with a bit more self-awareness than the younger politico, “I think we as Democrats have to be willing to fight for universal health care.”
Iraq proved to be the only place the candidates showed real difference as Clinton again defended her vote to go to war. Regardless of this bellicose difference, Obama and Clinton sure did make a great show of it, which inevitably led to the trouble-making Wolf Blitzer (who, we feel, picked on Hillary unnecessarily) to inquire:
The more I speak to Democrats out there — not only the Democrats here at the Kodak Theatre, but all over the country — they take a look at the two of you and they see potentially a dream ticket. A dream ticket for the White House.
There may have been some nasty words exchanged or angry words or whatever, but the question is this: Would you consider an Obama/Clinton or Clinton/Obama ticket going down the road?
Things got so hot in the theater, Stevie Wonder stood up and did a bit of a jig. Perhaps he was shaking off some political ejaculate?
Obama left the door open a little more than Clinton, who also used the occasion for a bit of tacky self-promotion for her national town hall meeting Monday. (Strategist Mark Penn later got a plug in on MSNBC, as well. Shrewd!) The message was clear, though: “We are both dedicated to doing the best we can to win the nomination, but there is no doubt we will have a unified Democratic Party.”
It seems to us that a Clinton/Obama ticket may be the best route for the Democrats. We put Clinton first because, let’s face it, Hillary ain’t going to be VP, especially not to Barack Obama. Obama, however, could fit quite nicely in the role and such a scheme could potentially lay the groundwork for a sixteen year Democratic run. That is, however, a bit of a quixotic, potentially naive projection – and not necessarily what the candidates want. The Democratic candidates, however, would be well-advised to consider such a tag team.