By Samantha Hayes, in Washington, DC
June 6, 2008
Oh, to have been a fly on the wall last night in the living room of Senator Dianne Feinstein when Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama sat down to talk. All anybody would say afterward is that the meeting was positive, and they discussed the "important work that needs to be done to succeed in November." No doubt Obama and Clinton talked about the future, but I wonder if they discussed the past. While at odds through the primary season, they have shared similar experiences: long, exhausting days on the campaign trail, the thrill of winning one contest and the disappointment of losing another, and the barrage of questions from voters and media. Senator Feinstein said they were laughing when she joined them after their meeting. I wonder if one or the other cracked a joke about the campaign trail that only their mutual experience as candidates allowed them to appreciate.
Of course, what everyone is dying to know, is whether there was any talk about an Obama-Clinton ticket. Analysts say it's highly unlikely Clinton would bring it up, and Obama has said he is going to take his time vetting potential candidates. A CNN Opinion Research Corporation poll shedS some light on what Democratic voters are thinking. The survey was conducted after Obama clinched the number of delegates needed for the nomination Tuesday night. 54% of those asked say they would like to see Obama select Clinton as his Running Mate, while 43% dO not. A split along gender lines suggests a potential problem for Barack Obama. 60% percent of women said yes to that partnership, while 51% of men said no.
The women's vote may be something that Clinton and Obama discussed Thursday night. Many women are disappointed that Clinton lost her bid to become the nation's first female president.
The first attempt by Clinton to usher her supporters into Obama's camp will come tomorrow, in Washington, at a rally where clinton will endorse her former rival and call for a unified drive for the white house. It's a rally I'm sure Clinton hoped she'd never have to address, but just may fall under the category of "necessary work" that both Democrats feel needs to be done to beat John McCain come November.