Dream Team? Dream On: Dowd

NYT's Dowd says candidates deserve Oscars for acting chummy at debate
By John Abell,  Newser User
Posted Feb 3, 2008 12:40 PM CST
Democratic presidential hopefuls Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., right, looks at Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., after they arrived for a Democratic debate at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles Thursday,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Think you saw the beginning of a beautiful Dream Team friendship at the last Democratic debate? Think again, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd says: Hillary Clinton has no more desire to be Barack's running mate than he does hers. Why would Hillary want to play second fiddle to a "political natural"—again? And why would Barack want to be Al Gore?

A more accurate take on their relationship came on a Washington tarmac on Dec. 13, Dowd says: A Hillary apology over a proxy's remark turned into a heated 10-minute talk during which she was seen "flapping her arms" as she laid bare a number of "simmering grievances." When Barack "gently put a hand on her arm to chill her out," she was offended, Obama intimates tell Dowd. "The encounter seemed to have steeled them both."