Saturday, June 28, 2008

I still believe in a place called....Unity

Yesterday, all eyes were on the small New Hampshire town of Unity where, in a stunning display of outfit coordination and Democratic political unity, Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton made their first public appearance together since the primary season ended.
The town in western New Hampshire was chosen for two reasons. Number one, obviously, is the name. Number two is the fact that in the New Hampshire primary back in January, both senators received exactly 107 votes there. How do you beat that for the location of a Democratic lovefest?
And that's almost exactly what it was. Clinton wore a powder blue pantsuit; Obama wore a light blue tie. And then they took turns complimenting each other and urging Democratic-- you guessed it-- unity. Clinton especially took the time to urge her backers who were considering voting for McCain towards Obama, as that has been a sizable concern.
But time will tell whether this-- and, no doubt, future events like it-- will be enough to bring so sharply divided camps together and make Clinton's prediction come true:

"Unity is not only a beautiful place as we can see, it's a wonderful feeling, isn't it? And I know when we start here in this field in Unity, we'll end on the steps of the Capitol when Barack Obama takes the oath of office as our next president."

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