Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama came together for a rally in Unity, NH this afternoon where the theme was global monetary policy. (Just kidding, of course the theme was Democratic unity). Clinton delivered an outstanding performance in front of the crowd of 6,000 which made me wonder, where was this Hillary Clinton during most of the primary campaign?
Gone was the stiff, rigid Clinton who seemed to feel entitled to the Democratic nomination, and spent too much time attacking Republicans and ducking questions. She had been replaced by a relaxed, smiling person who looked like she had the weight of the world lifted off of her shoulders. If she would have presented herself this way, and spoken about change, along with apologizing for her Iraq war vote, early on in the primary campaign, she probably would have been the Democratic nominee.
Clinton had one of the best lines of the entire political year when she said, “In the end, Senator McCain and President Bush are like two sides of the same coin, and it doesn’t amount to a whole lot of change.” I freely admit that I am a sucker for a good pun, and Clinton’s was fairly clever. Obama was full of praise for Mrs. Clinton, “Hillary and I may have started with separate goals in this campaign, but we made history together.”
Obama also stated what had become obvious to most campaign observers, that he had learned from her, “I’ve admired her as a leader, I’ve learned from her as a candidate. She rocks. She rocks. That’s the point I’m trying to make.” At the beginning of the campaign, it didn’t seem like Obama was very comfortable talking about the economy, but now his economic message isn’t far off of what Clinton used in the primaries.
While there are still some lingering bad feelings between the two camps staffers and supporters, and things are certainly frosty between Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, it seems that the candidates themselves are building, at the least, a decent working relationship. It looks like Clinton is committed to keeping her promise to work hard to get Obama elected, now if only she could do something about her husband.