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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
It was five months ago today that an unknown black senator rode into the all-white state of Iowa and absolutely ruined Hillary Clinton's day. And the day after. And the day after that. And pretty much every day since.
Now it looks like it's about over. It's been historic. And bloody. And very expensive. And despite the open invitation from George Bush to the Democrats to simply walk into the White House, a Democratic presidency starting in 2009 is still a long way from a sure thing.
The breakthrough candidacies of the first woman and first African-American with a real shot for the nation's highest office may have torn the Democratic Party to shreds. Clinton and Obama polarized the electorate. And along the way, it got very nasty. We still don't know what it will take for Hillary Clinton to climb aboard the Obama express, and so far she's done little more than pay lip service to the idea of being a real team player and working as hard to unite the Democrats as she did to defeat Barack Obama.
Unless the Democrats can pull themselves together, the campaign of 2008 will go into the history books as the greatest opportunity ever squandered in American politics.
Here’s my question to you: What's the best way for the Democrats to begin uniting the party for November?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
Bob from Canada writes:
Hillary and Bill need to campaign for Obama without Hillary being on the ticket. Nothing else will tell the Democratic Party that the Clintons put party before the Clintons. And nothing is more unlikely.
Senior White Woman from Florida writes:
I am an Obama supporter and for the first time in 48 years, I donated money to a political campaign. However, if Hillary Clinton’s name appears on his ticket in November, it will also be the first time in that many years that I will not vote. I donated money from my Social Security monthly stipend to help elect Barack Obama, not Hillary Clinton.
Bring Hillary on board, reluctantly, as VP, but not immediately. Prep work must be done to give her a healthy dose of humility, and a real plan to "manage" Big Bill. Make sure that Michelle is on equal footing with Hillary. If this can't be accomplished, look elsewhere.
Tim from Toledo, Ohio writes:
Very simple. Hillary bows out gracefully, and then works to convince her supporters to vote for Obama. If that happens, McCain has no chance. Hopefully Hillary can swallow her pride, suppress her enormous ego, and do what is right for the Democratic Party. I believe she will.
It's simple, Sen. Obama offers Sen. Clinton the role of vice president. Clinton supporters, including me, would jump on the bandwagon. This would be much more convincing than having Hillary not on the ticket, and having her try to convince her electorate to support Sen. Obama in November.
Georgeanne from Maryland writes:
All folks need to do is think about how bad we have it now (with Pres. Bush) and they will unite overnight!
Grace from Brooklyn, New York writes:
Hire the food taster and a back up, and give Hillary Clinton the VP spot. Then hope that Rev. Wright doesn't show up to bless the food. Sorry I couldn't help myself.