The "Unity Ticket" Debate
Over at TNR's The Plank, a variety of people have been invited to debate about the advisability of an Obama-Clinton "unity ticket." As it happens, Alan Wolfe and yours truly were the first to send in submissions, both supporting the "unity ticket."
I tried to be sensitive to the various arguments against the "unity ticket," especially those of Obama supporters who view this possibility as a self-repudiation of Obama's message and the very rationale for his candidacy. I also made it clear there are plenty of practical obstacles to an Obama-Clinton collaboration, most notably the fact that we don't know if either principal is open to it at all.
But in the end, my own conclusion was that a unity ticket would most efficiently resolve the candidate-centered divisions in the Democratic Party that have grown ever more apparent as the primary contest has dragged on, allowing the party to briskly move on to a tough general election campaign. I'm sure other participants in the debate will argue otherwise, and as always in these extracurricular essays, I was speaking for myself, not TDS.