Obama & Clinton, Act I Scene 2

On the eve of their joint campaign appearance on Friday in Unity, New Hampshire, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama meet Thursday with some of her top fundraisers in Washington, D.C.

While I was ready for that story to unfold, I wasn't really ready to get an email from the Hillary Clinton for President Campaign Press Office.

" HILLARY CLINTON SCHEDULE : June 26, 2008" was the title.
"On Thursday, June 26, Hillary Clinton will be in Washington, D.C. delivering remarks to the American Nurses Association House of Delegates Convention followed by the NALEO Conference," the release said.

I halfway imagined the Clinton Press Office in my mind, still staffed to the gills, busily answering phones and faxing out statements, blasting out emails and more.

The I woke up from my 60 second nap on my train home.

Obama in recent days has given the green light to some of his fundraisers to help retire part of Hillary's campaign debt - supposedly the part that's owed to her vendors, but not her own loans to the campaign.

Today, Hillary will get to introduce some of her big money people to Obama, which should insure a new stream of cash for the Obama presidential bid.

I would really love to be a fly on the wall of that meeting and a fly inside the plane up to New Hampshire and then in the car on to Unity.

Both Obama and Clinton will also be in DC Thursday for some Senate votes, which means that Obama might get put on the spot about the terrorism surveillance legislation that I wrote about yesterday.

On Wednesday, the Senate easily voted to proceed to the bill, which Obama has said he would vote for, if not for a provision that grants retroactive and future immunity to major telecom companies for helping with warrantless wiretaps after Nine Eleven.

More liberal groups like MoveOn.Org have demanded that Obama filibuster the bill and block the deal that clearly was a win for the Bush White House.

Well, Obama has his chance.  After he speaks at Carnegie-Mellon in Pittsburgh, he can jet his way back to Washington, D.C. and be on the Senate floor in the afternoon, holding forth like Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.

But the first test vote was 80-15.

So the chances of Obama filibustering?

Zero.

The chances of many Americans even talking about this story at the dinner table tonight?  Not much more than zero in Red States.  Maybe only 5% in hyper-blue big cities.