Friday, February 01, 2008
Cordial. Gentle. Changed tone. Make peace with eye on history. Love fest. Civil.
Like a couple of kids caught throwing sand, last night Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have obviously decided to play nice in the California sandbox.
Whether the attitude adjustment could be attributed to the untimed "no pressure" format of last night's debate or the fact they together emerged from the fracas and remain standing, the two Democrats remained on topic and off each other's nerves.
With Super Tuesday on the horizon, both are well aware that one misstep or misspeak in could break a political hip.
Seated side by side with shoulders squared toward the audience, on occasion, the candidates leaned slightly away from the other just perceptible enough for viewers to catch a bit of the underlying competition between the two.
Otherwise, Obama and Clinton looked like a couple of colleagues from work interviewing for the same promotion.
When all was said and done, the candidates exchanged whispered words over a handshake and a quick hug.
It doesn't take a lip reader to catch that nonverbal.
The Democrats are heading into the convention unified.
Read the transcript of the debate here.