July 14th, 2008
My Dear America
It has been several weeks since Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton got together for their First Post Primary Appearance together on the Road in Unity, New Hampshire. It was an appropriate place for both Candidates to get together for the first time since Hillary acknowledged Barack's Primary win. The name of the town was appropriate, as was the fact that both Barack and Hillary had won an equal number of votes there in that long ago New Hampshire Primary Election that had been Hillary's first squeaker of a primary win.
It was certainly a sight to see and hear for Democrats looking to move on to the next stage of the election. The Dream Team of Barack and Hillary was up and running, at least thats what it looked like and thats what those of us who had supported Hillary in the Primary Election hoped for. Despite Unity Day in New Hampshire, however, the Obama Camp seems to have gone out of their way since to make it clear that the search for a Vice Presidential Running mate for Barack Obama is far from over.
There has also been the issue of Hillary's campaign debts, which Obama's well funded campaign handlers seem to resent being asked to help with. Clearly they have a point. Hillary staying in the race too long caused her own debt. Why should the Obama Campaign share in that debt even if Hillary does end up as the Vice Presidential Candidate. Although Barack, himself, seems to be more open to helping Hillary, he and his campaign is bound by legal limitations, which I am sure Barack is not unhappy about. Barack does seem to be willing to help Hillary by interceding with his backers to help her. it is anybodys guess how that will go in the long run.
When Barack and Hillary got together in New Hampshire last month Barack Obama was considerably ahead of John McCain in virtually every poll by as many as 15 percentage points. In a poll reported today, July 14th, Barack's lead has shrunk to just 3 or 4 percentage points. Why has Barack's lead been shrinking. Who truly knows. For Democrats, however, this is very very bad news.
Some of the reasons for the incredible shrinking polls may be some of the following: Racism is not dead in the United States in either the Republican or Democratic Parties. We also have several Third Party groups who are organizing and presenting their own fringe Candidates for President like former U. S Representative, Cynthia Mckinney (Green Party), Former U.S. Representative, Bob Barr (Libertarian Party) and Ralph Nader (Nader Party), among others. We have also seen Barack Obama indicate a shift to the Center on certain issues. This may have gained him some supporters but some of his views such as indicating that his view on pulling out of Iraq might change may have angered some of his long time supporters. Also another factor that may be in play is the uncertainty of what Hillary Clinton's role is going to be in the Obama Campaign. Clearly there are some Clinton supporters who have no use for Obama and no matter what he does they will not be satisfied. What seemed to be very clear throughout the Primary was that there appeared to be two well organized camps. Hillary has done what she can to bring her supporters into the the Obama Democtratic Camp. Now it is up to Barack to take a chance and once and for all bring the Clintonites home.
There is no way to guarantee that the Clinton Supporters will stick with Barack even if he offers Hillary the Vice Presidency. It certainly seems clear today, however, that this is a gamble that needs to be taken.