The Obama Camp Can Exhale
Whatever concerns may have been lurking within Barack Obama's campaign about Hillary Clinton's appearance on the convention stage were quickly dispelled minutes into her speech last night in Denver.
Barack Obama, simply stated, could not have asked for anything more.
Her support for the Democratic ticket of Obama and Sen. Joe Biden was unqualified, as was her rejection of Republican John McCain's candidacy. Whether that's enough to bring around Clinton's die-hard supporters to Obama's side is another matter. Some are still smarting from what they see as a slap in the face when the Obama campaign decided against putting her on the ticket.
But that, perhaps, made Hillary Clinton's performance all the more striking. There was a graciousness on display that probably moved her up several notches in the estimation of Obama's supporters who felt she had knee-capped him during the primaries. That the McCain campaign is using Clinton's own words against Obama in TV ads, they would argue, is proof-positive that Clinton had been destructive. Last night went a long way toward repairing the damage.
It was a poignant moment, too. Hillary Clinton's was also an historic candidacy.
She had come so close, and had overcome so many setbacks -- some self-inflicted --only to see the prize go to a political upstart who seemed to have come out of nowhere. Losing had to hurt.
Last night in Denver, we saw a class act on display. Tonight, it's Bill Clinton's turn. Folks in the Obama camp must be holding their breath again. Who can blame them?
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