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Team Obama team aiming to hire key Clinton staffers for November contest.

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WASHINGTON -- Despite the tensions between the Obama and Clinton campaigns, the Obama team, presuming Sen. Barack Obama is the Democratic presidential nominee, wants to hire Clinton staffers for the general election race, as Sen. Hillary Clinton hopes a big Kentucky win Tuesday keeps her in play a little while longer.

Deputy campaign manager Steve Hildebrand told me he did want not to be presumptuous, but when the time comes, "I think that there certainly will be a hand extended to them from us." Obama is poised to sweep Oregon on Tuesday and claim a majority of the pledged delegates Tuesday night in Des Moines, Iowa, a November battleground state and the place where he claimed his first win -- with his Jan. 3 victory in the Iowa caucus.

"Many of us, our counterparts, associates, have fought many battles seated next to each other," Hildebrand said. "And we're friends ... you sort of know who some of the best people are, and you are going to want to start trying to get them on your team because this is about winning the presidency, not about being small.

"... I don't know everybody on their payroll by any stretch of the imagination, but I know a bunch of people that would be my first round of calls that I would want to invite into our camp because we need really good people," he said.

Obama knows that if he is to beat presumptive GOP nominee Sen. John McCain, he will need Clinton's backers -- not just some of her staffers. Clinton is staying in because although Obama is beating her, the race has been fairly close, and Obama has not been the only one bringing in new people to this election.

At a Portland fund-raiser Saturday night, Obama talked about need for a unified Democratic party in November, saying, "That means all of you have to be nice to Clinton supporters."

Clinton supporters are looking for respect -- not making nice. That's why the Obama endorsement last week by the abortion rights group NARAL PAC frosted Clinton backers. They saw it as disrespectful not to wait, since for all practical matters, Clinton's candidacy winds down in a few weeks.

When that happens, there are several things Obama can do. Obama and Clinton should make a joint appearance at one of Obama's mega-rallies. Then they should do a barnstorming tour together of the states Clinton won that Obama will need in the fall. It would earn goodwill for Obama to use his e-mail list to help Clinton retire her debt.

And one last item -- don't pick a female running mate if it is not Clinton.

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So that's how to do it--the last three paragraphs--but wait--we haven't DECIDED yet that it will be Obama--and there's a couple of votes this week---
OH--I GET IT--this is just a p.r. stunt to try to discourage people for Hillary.
Will this work against McCain? Will the media let this happen?
Hasn't worked yet against Hillary...hmmmm.

COME ABOARD THE WINNING TEAM, AND GET PAID FOR A CHANGE!

As absolutely fecklessly as Hillary's Team served her, someone actually believes this ridiculous tripe?

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!

You idiots need to get off the pipe. Crack is bad for you!

Interesting to see that the msm is finally able to acknowledge what was known to anyone who has been paying attention- Hillary lost this race on Super Tuesday. Obama's team clearly understood the rules of the game better, played within them, and won. Hillary's team tries to keep changing the rules and saying, "See, we are winning this game" even though they are the only ones playing it. The calls to get out of the race are justified (and were justified three months ago), as her staying in makes her look more and more pathetic and egotistical with each passing day.

If I can't trust Hillary to run a campaign, why would I trust her to pull this country out of the messes in which we are currently stuck? For Lynn to suggest that Obama pay down her campaign debt is rich. Mind you, a great deal of this money was used to smear him and his family (flag pin, Michelle's patriotism), his character (Muslim accusations), and experience (3AM phone call). For Obama to be called "elitist and out of touch" by people who have made an average of 15 million per year for the last eight years is the height of irony. The Clintons can easily pay off their campaign debt in one of the ways they have already built their millions: let Hillary shill for big pharma or let Bill help out his buddy Frank Giustra grab more mining rights overseas. Both of those worked quite well in the past, and should keep them financially afloat as they watch from the sidelines.

80,000 PEOPLE AT A RALLY TO SEE OUR FUTURE PRESIDENT!
BARACK OBAMA WILL SOON DEBATE MCCAIN, NIXON VS. KENNEDY ALL OVER
AGAIN, THERE WON'T BE ENOUGH MAKE-UP FOR MCCAIN DURING THAT
DEBATE, HE'LL PROBABLY HAVE LEIBERMAN TOWEL HIM OFF, DURING THE
COMMERCIALS!

KENTUCKY AND OREGON IT'S YOUR DAY!
SEND A MESSAGE LOUD AND CLEAR, THAT YOU ARE FOR BARACK OBAMA!

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