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Obama team wants to smother diehard Clinton backers with respect. Tuesday Clinton speech exercise in group catharsis

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DENVER -- John McCain's campaign released a wicked ad Sunday designed to divide and conquer sulking Hillary Clinton supporters by sticking it to Barack Obama for not tapping her to be his running mate, just as Obama's team is trying to patch everything up at the convention.

The spot continues a storyline that the Obama campaign hopes is exhausted once Democrats leave here after nominating the Obama-Biden ticket.

The Obama camp wants to smother Clinton backers with respect. Their plan may be thrown some by the news in today's Sun-Times that Illinois state Sen. President Emil Jones (D-Chicago) called an African-American Illinois Clinton delegate an "Uncle Tom."


McCain going to bat for Clinton in this spot is troublemaking fake sympathy and comes as polls show a chunk of Clinton Democratic primary voters do not want to vote for Obama. That's a problem for Obama. That's a reason the Obama campaign is going all out to give Clinton her due at the Democratic convention, though someone forgot to muzzle Jones.

As I reported Aug. 20, Clinton, a Tuesday keynote speaker, will be releasing her delegates on Wednesday, the day former President Bill Clinton takes to the podium.

I imagine if chants break out in the Pepsi Center of "Clinton, Clinton" when she speaks, the instructions from the Obama folks will be to relax, join in, be part of a group catharsis and certainly not drown out the Clinton voices.

The Clinton and Obama campaigns are choreographing this convention as a joint operation, and that includes wanting Clinton's name placed in nomination, which it will be Wednesday night. Clinton, herself a superdelegate, will cast her ballot for Obama.

"Our campaigns are in constant communication at every level throughout the day," said Kathleen Strand, a Clinton spokesman.

Obama and Clinton made a pact to help each other raise -- initially -- $500,000 for each other. Clinton's political operation -- headquartered at the Brown Palace Hotel here -- has found $3 million for Obama; Obama's donors have come up with $500,000 for Clinton.

What neither Clinton nor Obama can do, however, is make the tapes of her slamming Obama disappear.

"She won millions of votes but isn't on his ticket. Why? For speaking the truth on his plans," a female narrator says in the McCain spot, followed by clips of Clinton mentioning the scandalized Tony Rezko, and how "we still don't have a lot of answers about Senator Obama," among other items.

This spot is clearly aimed at women, and Obama top strategist Anita Dunn told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Sunday that with his anti-abortion record and opposition to equal pay, "John McCain has a woman's problem. And at the end of the week, what you're going to see is a united Democratic Party."

One of the strongest Clinton loyalists I know said it just is taking a long time to heal. Clinton is still hurting, but she is stumping for Obama, and she and Bill Clinton will be there for Obama. One thing I hear from the Clinton camp on the healing front -- someone should put that sticky note in front of the busy Illinois senator and tell him to call Bill.

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EVERYBODY JUST HUG AND GET READY FOR VICTORY!

for starters, the junior senator's team will probably serve up patti solis. with boston politico and long time biden friend, larry rasky in the mix, what will ms. solis' role really be?
i'd expect a deminishing role for some of the chicago crew, new hair styles, et al. earth to valerie....

i will never vote for Obama. he is not qualified to be the president of U.S.A.
He always says he wants to change many things and he wants other man to be his vice president. is it a change? Ah! He is flaky! I will vote for McCain. He is more stable and works hard. He is noble. He did lot for our country. He is a famous veteran. He did not take any vacation like going to Hawaii. Obama took several vacations. It is obvious that he likes good time. Being a President, he must work hard like most American people. McCain can!

i will never vote for Obama. he is not qualified to be the president of U.S.A.
He always says he wants to change many things and he wants other man to be his vice president. is it a change? Ah! He is flaky! I will vote for McCain. He is more stable and works hard. He is noble. He did lot for our country. He is a famous veteran. He did not take any vacation like going to Hawaii. Obama took several vacations. It is obvious that he likes good time. Being a President, he must work hard like most American people. McCain can!

Stick your respect. Hillary Clinton will get my vote (Write-in) You could have had it as VP.

YOU GUYS AREN'T LOOKING AT THE BIG PICTURE, YOU
NEED TO LOOK IN YOUR HEART FOR ANSWERS AND COME
BACK HOME!
OBAMA AND BIDEN A DUO THAT REFUSES TO LOSE!

Will they never go away?

After enoying 8 years of the Republican Revolution under the leadership of President Bush I am sadly contemplative of the results.

As a nation we are broke, we got a declining infastructure, our educational system is in the toilet, our prestigue among nations is sad, they only like us if we give them money. More people every day loose health coverage as their insurance disappears. Our good jobs are hopping the border and going overseas, as we become a nation of burger flippers, store workers, (including myself), and service workers. Prices, and taxes on homes go up up up while wages stagnate. The only stores expanding are pawn shops, payday loan places, and dollar stores.The Rich got their tax cuts, but with mine I got a new muffler for my 9 year old Ford.

We got a nation that don't work to well anymore - plus we are all mad at each other.

I would rather not go thru another 4 years of what passes for Republican leadership. I am not real crazy about the Democrats, but it would be tough to screw it up more than those in charge the last 8 years have done.

Mike

Those folks that are unhappy about Obama beating Clinton for the nomination will surely be more unhappy if they fracture the budding unity of the Democrates in Denver. The loudest noise, and it will be very loud, will be the collective bang of shooting themselves in the foot.

MICHELLE OBAMA DID A WONDERFUL JOB TONIGHT!
GREAT TO SEE TED KENNEDY, THANK-YOU SENATOR
I HAVE A SMILE ON MY FACE YOU COULDN'T KNOCK OFF
WITH AN AX!

Hillary Democrats for McCain! Obama Never!

Foy you Hilary supporters why didn't McCain ask Hilary to be his running mate. He is making such a big deal about it why didn't he ask her. You all have blown it for any woman to ever be President in the United States for a long time. You all are acting exactly like they say a woman will act if she were President. If you want to vote for a man that stands against everything you believe in just do it and shut the hell up about it already. You all are getting on my last nerve. You are those evil women you see walking around all the time never happy about anything. Get over it she lost move on. Vote and shut up. You sound like Wendy and Doug winer from Saturday Live in the 80's.

SOME OF YOU SOUND LIKE THE LITTLE BOY WHO COULDN'T
GET IN THE GAME, SO HE TOOK HIS BALL AND WENT
HOME!

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