OK, I have never thought that the whole “dream ticket” idea was too good of an idea, let alone dreamy. While they do have different strengths, I was always more concerned with their diversity and wide array of weaknesses.
For anyone who was paying attention today, Barack and Hillary campaigned together for the first time, according to CNN, in a conveniently selected place called Unity, NH. To top it off, they both reportedly received exactly the same amount of votes in that town during the Primary. I turned it on knowing how contrived and scripted it would probably appear. It began with them embracing each other. It was like watching two sworn enemies give each other a hug…a hug that they had rehearsed for 4 hours prior to the event – one arm or two, kiss on the cheek or whisper in the ear, to the left or to the right, 75* hug angle or the more business-like 90*, ‘loosen up Hillary, you’re making it look like Barack is groping you’. I practically expected to see Bill Clinton in the audience with his arm around a black woman while kissing a black baby.
I expected to watch this dual speech and feel the cynic within me following along with an imaginary script. I expected to read into their speeches far too easily, picking out both the soundbytes and the bullet points. However, at some point during the two speeches, something happened to me. The cynicism and pessimism inside of me vanished without much warning and were replaced by feelings of catharsis and destiny. Hillary’s muscle with Obama’s finesse. Hillary’s experience with Obama’s instinct. It suddenly all made sense, both from a political and romantic view. Hillary’s appeal to the working-class, Obama’s appeal to college grads. Hillary’s ethos with Obama’s pathos. Maybe I’m being a bit idealistic, not focusing on the swing-state appeal of a VP from a state in contention, missing the guy who would carry a strong military record, ignoring the long-tenured Senator with a strong voting record a mile long. It’s possible, but capriciousness and idealism aren’t character flaws, they’re traits that give one the ability to see outside the proverbial box…even if the box can hold the Atlantic Ocean.
While that ticket still might not feel like a dream, it’s certainly no nightmare either.