Obama, Clinton pros start merger talks

As Barack Obama continues his inevitable march towards the Democratic Presidential nomination and Hillary Clinton ignores the obvious, the political professionals involved in both campaigns are starting to work towards a merger of campaigns to try and salvage a win in the November general election.

While Clinton is expected to easily win Kentucky, Obama drew a crowd of 75,000 plus in Oregon, a clear indicator that Obama mania is back and only a major cataclysmic event can prevent him from capturing the Democratic nomination.

Reports The Washington Post:

Top fundraisers for Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama have begun private talks aimed at merging the two candidates’ teams, not waiting for the Democratic nominating process to end before they start preparations for a hard-fought fall campaign.

Despite Obama’s apparently insurmountable lead in delegates needed to claim the nomination, aides to both candidates are resigned to the idea that the Democratic contest will continue at least through June 3, when Montana and South Dakota will cast the final votes of the primary season.

But in small gatherings around Washington and in planning sessions for party unity events in New York and Boston in coming weeks, fundraisers and surrogates from both camps are discussing how they can put aside the vitriol of the past 18 months and move forward to ensure that the eventual nominee has the resources to defeat Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in November.

Mark Aronchick, a Philadelphia lawyer who has raised more than $1 million for Clinton’s bid, said that while her supporters have not given up on their candidate, they recognize the need to start preparing for the general election.

“Only if we do this right, and see this through in the right way, will there be a chance for a full, rapid and largely complete unification of the party,” Aronchick said.

Aronchick was one of about 35 Clinton and Obama insiders who attended a dinner last week in Washington aimed at what he characterized as helping the two sides “grope towards unity.”

The Post also reports:

Sen. Barack Obama has seen his share of large crowds over the last 15 months, but his campaign said they have not approached the numbers gathered along the waterfront here right now.

The campaign, citing figures from Duane Bray, battalion chief of Portland Fire & Rescue, estimated that 75,000 people are watching him speak.

The scene suggests this is not an exaggeration. The sea of heads stretches for half a mile along the grassy embankment, while others watch from kayaks and power boats bobbing on the Willamette River. More hug the rails of the steel bridge that stretches across the water and crowds are even watching from jetties on the opposite shore.

7 Responses to "Obama, Clinton pros start merger talks"

  1. bryan mcclellan  May 19, 2008 at 7:51 am

    If they are bent on being perceived as unified the first order of business should be to kick Joe (republicrat) Lieberman to the curb.

  2. Wayne K Dolik  May 19, 2008 at 9:33 am

    Yeah and if the Pundit’s want to make Hillary the V.P. they can be the food tasters!

  3. JudyB  May 19, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    The question is “will the next V.P. have anywhere near the power that Cheney has had?”
    Until the recent past, I agreed with the John Nance Gardner’ quote “The vice-presidency isn’t worth a pitcher of warm piss”
    Cheney has changed that forever, as he’s been the man with the power, brains and say-so on foreign matters, Bush has served as his mouth piece…together this mouth piece and brain combination will prove to be the most destructive
    team in our nations history.

    It would be great if the voting public knew in advance to their voting, who the presidential candidates vice presidential choice might be.

  4. Ted Remington  May 19, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    See:

    http://www.capitolhillblue.com/cont/node/4671

    Ted

  5. Carl Nemo  May 20, 2008 at 3:32 am

    Triumvirate Redux…

    This entire campaign has become utterly disgusting to this point. Obama and Hillary merging before the nomination issue is settled…say what?!

    They need to have John McCain merge with them too and all three of these duplicitous pol clowns can march onward hand-in-hand to the Whitehouse to become the “First Triumvirate of the New AmeriKan Empire”…!

    This is what happens when shadowy corporatists through their army of lobbyists take over a nation. Supposedly there are over 40,000 registered lobbyists influencing these legislative mattoids. As far as I’m concerned “We the People” are toast.

    It’s the “twilights last gleaming” for this once great Republic… : |

    Carl Nemo **==

  6. Direct Democracy  May 20, 2008 at 3:39 am

    “You’re beginning to believe this illusion we’re spinning here…”

    Paddy Chayefsky

  7. Carl Nemo  May 20, 2008 at 7:16 pm

    Yep, “I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!”…Howard Beale quote from “Network” the movie.

    Screenplay by Paddy Chayefsky

    Unfortunately we are all going to take a hell of alot more from these elected sob’s before our national paradigm collapses into utter chaos.

    We the people are assuredly getting the government we so sorely deserve in spades…!

    Carl Nemo **==

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