Why the Rift Isn't Healing

Issues remain over Hill's campaign debt, role at convention
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 6, 2008 3:00 PM CDT
Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., shake hands with supporters after she talked about support for Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., at the American Federation of State, County and...   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
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(Newser) – A little more than a month after the joint rally in Unity, NH, the Obama-Clinton relationship is still chilly, writes Howard Fineman, who faults both sides for letting their continuing squabble turn what should be a slam-dunk election year for the Democrats into a squeaker. For someone who’s running partly on the claim that his knack for diplomacy will heal the world, Obama has done surprisingly little to reach out to his former rivals.

And the Clintons have done "the political equivalent of taking your ball and going home."
In part it's a standoff about money—retiring her campaign debt—but it's also about attitude. Neither side likes the other's. "Sure, Bill and Hill can act like spoiled children," he writes. And, "Sure Obama is cold, but doesn't the history-making nature of this campaign matter more than hurt feelings?"