Finally cooler heads seem to be prevailing:
At a time when the Democratic candidates have not been showing each other much neighborly goodwill, Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) started it. He called a press conference Monday afternoon in Reno, Nevada, to say kind things about Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) and her husband Bill.
The Clintons, he said, "have historically and consistently been on the right side of civil rights issues."
Eighty-two minutes later, the Clinton campaign followed suit.
A statement issued in Hillary Clinton's name said, "When it comes to civil rights and our commitment to diversity, when it comes to our heroes -- President John F. Kennedy and Dr. King -- Senator Obama and I are on the same page."
Russell Berman of the Sun has a possible explanation for this possible ceasefire:
The truce declared last night between senators Clinton and Obama over a racial flare-up in the presidential campaign signals that neither candidate wants to eliminate the other as a possible pick for the second spot on the Democratic ticket.
Whatever the motivation, let's hope this is the beginning of a trend that gets us back to debating the real issues of the campaign. We have two good candidates in Obama and Clinton; let's hear them out and then decide which one is best qualified to lead us in November.
I also sincerely hope that Hillary puts a cork in her husband's mouth from here on out. I don't think that Bill Clinton is helping her at all, and in fact I believe his constant presence at the forefront of her campaign is beginning to overshadow her. It may be leading people to rightly ask the question of who is actually going to be the president if she is elected. Bill Clinton was a great president in my view but I still don't want to see a third Clinton term. We need to move forward into the future and not back into the past.
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