Clinton, Obama join together in Unity

Literally.

Around midday today, the former Democratic rivals will make their first joint public appearance since she dropped out of the race — and the event will be held in Unity, a tiny town in western New Hampshire where Obama and Clinton each received exactly 107 votes* in the January 8 primary.

Here’s a quick primer on Unity, from Wikipedia:

Unity
is a town in Sullivan County, New Hampshire, United States. The
population was 1,530 at the 2000 census and an estimated 1,715 six
years later. The town includes the villages of East Unity, Quaker City,
and West Unity. … The racial makeup of the town
was 99.35% White, 0.07% African American, 0.13% Asian, and 0.46% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.72% of the population.

The percentages from the 2000 census indicate that Unity had literally one black person, two Asians, seven mixed-race individuals, and eleven Latinos. Oh, and 1,509 non-Hispanic whites. Heh.

Anyway, here’s an AP article about how Unity is gearing up for today’s big event. It opens with the obligatory quote from a local old lady: "I don’t remember having any presidential candidates here in my time," says 84-year-old Roberta Callum. And then there’s this, regarding the expected crowd of 2,500: "Locals say the last time there was a crowd that big was for a 1970s performance by folk singer Arlo Guthrie." Heh.

The Concord Monitor is unimpressed with the meta-pun that today’s event represents:

[N]o one would have mistaken these two policy wonks for the jokesters of the New Hampshire presidential primary.

Nonetheless, nearly six months after the local vote, Obama and Clinton return today, going to extreme lengths for a corny gag.

They’re coming to Unity, N.H. – get it? Unity? It’s a place where they
split the local Democratic vote, 107-107. It’s a place so far out in
the boondocks that voters and reporters will require shuttle buses from
Sunapee, for Pete’s sake.

Ah yes, the bustling metropolis of Sunapee — population 3,055! And it’s only 31 minutes away! Heh.

More local coverage can be found here and here. And a reporter for the Portsmouth Herald will apparently be blogging about the event here. Also, Hotline reports that local officials in Unity were caught off guard by the initial plans for this event.

Incidentally, Unity’s odd name is explained by a historical blurb on the New Hampshire state government’s website:

This territory was first chartered in 1753, and named Buckingham, after
John Hobart, first Earl of Buckinghamshire. Grants of this area had
been given by both the early Massachusetts government and by Governor
Benning Wentworth, causing dispute among those looking to claim the
land. The town was incorporated as Unity in 1764 when the grant terms
provided a friendly resolution to the dispute.
In the charter document,
the grantees were allowed to come to mutual agreement the size of each
tract, when usually the tracts were to be divided into equal shares for
all those named in the grant.

Ah, the Great Buckingham Compromise of 1753. John McCain remembers it well. ;)

The Clinton-Obama unity — er, Unity — event is likely to begin
around 1:00 PM EDT. It comes one day after the candidates met behind
closed doors in front of Clinton’s major fundraisers,
and Obama "received a standing ovation from the crowd of more than 200
when he said he would enlist his supporters to help pay off her debt."
Obama also announced that he and Michelle are personally donating the
legal maximum — $2,300 — to Hillary’s effort. (Hillary has said that
she will not use donated money to pay off her campaign’s $11
million debt to her own personal bank account. She will only seek to
repay outside vendors.)

P.S. *If you were wondering, Edwards got 78 votes in Unity, while Richardson got 15, Kucinich 2, Biden 1, Gravel 1, and Kenneth Capalbo 1. On the GOP side,
it was McCain 81, Romney 70, Paul 21, Giuliani 20, Hunter 2, Thompson
1. (Hey, that would have been a pretty good-sounding GOP ticket. Hunter-Thompson ’08! Heh.)

Also, the Democratic results show a handful of GOP votes, and the
GOP results show a handful of Democratic votes, apparently due to
write-ins. On the Democratic side, there were 2 votes for Paul and 1
for McCain in Unity; on the Republican side, there were 2 votes for
Richardson and 1 each for Clinton and Obama. Phew — the "tied in
Unity" meme remains intact! But it was 108-108, not 107-107, if you count the massive GOP crossover vote!! ;)

All told, there were 208 votes in the Democratic primary (205 of
them for actual Democratic candidates), and 199 votes in the GOP
primary (195 of them for Republicans), for a whopping combined turnout
of 407 people.

10 Responses to “Clinton, Obama join together in Unity”

  1. Condor says:

    I guess Unity, NH is better than Elephant Butte, NM.

  2. john says:

    I really despise both Clintons. It doesn’t matter what words they are saying or what role they are playing, they lower my view of every event and campaign they are involved in.

    It’s not even political issues that raise my bile. It’s the underhanded deals and bald-faced lies that they don’t even try to pretend regretting. They say, “So What,” and keep going.

    How can people not see that?

    Ugh.

  3. Alasdair says:

    john

    Obama isn’t *actually* a Clinton … he’s just playing one on TV and in this election … he’s basically a photographic negative version of a Clinton …

  4. john says:

    HA! ah, that is a good line.

    What I meant was that Clinton’s support for Obama actually lowers my view of Obama’s campaign.

    She is the embodiment of politics at it’s worst. If Obama really wanted change, he would have said as much and declined her support.

  5. Joe Loy says:

    I watched the Unity event live on CSPAN. (The Cablenewsies carried it but with CSPAN you get to avoid all the Commentating by the Yammerers :)

    As a dedicated Obalmy myself, I will say that in This (rare) instance, Hillary’s speech was Better than Barack’s. She was really very good. Went on a bit long but Hey, so what.

    It seemed a pretty good event. / Highlight was the introduction of the Senators by Unity’s “unofficial mayor” (they don’t have an Official one :), a nice older gentleman who said he’s a lifelong Republican but reckons he may vote Democratic this year to be part of The Change. :]

  6. Alasdair says:

    Elder Loy – unfortunately, for all that I respect your ‘right’ to be a certified Obarmy, “The Change” as you call it is basically a cerebropause, an expression of support for Senator Obama’s charismoma rather than for a worthy Senator …

    menopause – halting of the menses

    cerebropause – halting of cerebration

    charismoma – uncontrolled or cancerous growth of charisma

  7. Youngblai says:

    I’m afraid that this is a sign of just how weak Obama is within the party. Sorry, but when you’re having to write $2,300 checks to your opponent in order to get access to her donor list, you’re not really the nominee, you’re some stiff whose hoping she doesn’t act out and cost you the election.

    People can say what they want about how his options are limited, but I’m going to find it hard to vote for a guy who obviously doesn’t live by the code of “If someone makes you the MFIC, _act like_ the MFIC.”

  8. Alasdair says:

    Youngblai – doesn’t Michelle already own the MFIC designation for the Obamas ?

  9. CORNHUSKERS HUSSEIN 94 95 & 97 says:

    The whole display was sickening inho but what the hell he kinda needs her and if she wants to run in the future she kinda needs him.

    they both showered when this was over hell I felt the need to wash myself.

  10. CORNHUSKERS HUSSEIN 94 95 & 97 says:

    The whole display was sickening inho but what the hell he kinda needs her and if she wants to run in the future she kinda needs him.

    they both showered when this was over hell I felt the need to wash myself.