Obama, Clinton Slowly Coming Together, or Cash Heals All Wounds

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Is anyone surprised? This is how you make friends in Washington.

Senators Obama and Clinton met yesterday and came away with clear messages for their respective supporters. Obama said: Dear donors, please help Sen. Clinton retire her campaign debt. I will lead the way by writing a $2,300 check to her, and will have my wife do the same.

Clinton had the natural response: Dear donors, we must elect Barack Obama. Please donate to him.

And with that, everything is peachy. Conversations about Clinton as VP, or a Clinton surrogate as VP, have been tabled for a later date, or perhaps forever. The pair will campaign together today in the town of Unity, New Hampshire. Both the candidate and the ex-candidate are insisting they expect to have a wonderful time. It was that simple.

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