Clinton Sends Confidants to Chicago

“The reconciliation process between the upper echelons of the Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton campaigns has already begun,” according to the Huffington Post.

“Three Clinton negotiators — all confidants of the Senator and her husband — have been dispatched to Chicago to spearhead this effort… Bob Barnett, a powerhouse Washington lawyer, Cheryl Mills, another lawyer, and Minyon Moore, a political consultant, were meeting today to discuss three key areas of negotiations: what role Hillary Clinton will play at the Democratic convention in August, the nature of her involvement in Obama’s general election campaign, and the Obama campaign’s plans to help alleviate her campaign debt, which is believed to be around $30 million.”

We called it.

Meanwhile, TPM notes Obama campaign manager David Plouffe is meeting with Clinton fundraisers later this week

The Video Doesn’t Lie

Sen. John McCain told Newsweek that he did not deliver a line in his prepared speech last week that criticized the media for not fairly covering Sen. Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. 

Said McCain: “I did not [say that] — that was in prepared remarks, and I did not [say it] — I’m not in the business of commenting on the press and their coverage or not coverage.”

However, Jonathan Martin has the video which shows he did make the remark exactly as it was written in his prepared remarks.

Pelosi Backs Emanuel for Obama’s Senate Seat

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi “is reported to be privately talking about Rep. Rahm Emanuel, the House Democratic Caucus chairman, as the next senator from Illinois if Sen. Barack Obama wins the presidential election,” according to Robert Novak.

“The same source said Pelosi indicated that House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer would be her eventual successor as speaker, even though she opposed his election to the second-ranking leadership position. Emanuel has been widely mentioned as the speaker of the next decade.”

What Obama Told Lieberman

“In a brief but animated Senate floor confrontation last week,” according to a campaign aide who asked Newsweek for anonymity when talking about private discussions, Sen. Barack Obama told Sen. Joe Lieberman “he was surprised by Lieberman’s personal attacks and his half-hearted denials of the false rumors that Obama is a Muslim.”

The aide also said Lieberman was “strangely muted” during the exchange, while a Lieberman spokesman says the conversation was “private and friendly.”

Strickland Remains Popular in Hard Hit Ohio

If Ohio is indeed a swing state, the latest Ohio Poll from the University of Cincinnati suggests Gov. Ted Strickland (D) may be a leading candidate to become Sen. Barack Obama’s running mate. 

President Bush’s overall approval rating in the Buckeye State is now just 29%, but Strickland’s approval rating is an astonishing 61%.

The Columbus Dispatch notes that Strickland, who previously backed Sen. Hillary Clinton, “has vowed to campaign hard for Obama this fall.”

Watching Obama’s Bounce

Political Insider: Sen. Hillary Clinton might be watching how high Sen. Barack Obama’s “bounces” in the coming national polls.

A New Electoral Map?

“An early analysis suggests there will be new battlegrounds added to the map this year, with Virginia, Colorado and Nevada among them,” the Washington Post reports. 

“The Midwest remains the most concentrated competitive region of the country, but advisers to McCain and Obama agree that the election could turn on the outcome of contests in the Rocky Mountain States and the South.”

Meanwhile, the New York Times noters Sen. Barack Obama’s general election plan “calls for broadening the electoral map by challenging Sen. John McCain in typically Republican states — from North Carolina to Missouri to Montana — as Mr. Obama seeks to take advantage of voter turnout operations built in nearly 50 states in the long Democratic nomination battle.”

The Race to Solidify the Base

As they gear up their general election campaigns, the first goal for Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain is to shore up support among base voters — a task made more difficult by tough primary fights.

USA Today notes Obama “at last has won the endorsement of Hillary Rodham Clinton, the woman who came closer to the Democratic presidential nomination than any other. Now he has to win over her millions of female supporters.” The main reason: “Four years ago, women made up more than half the electorate.”

Meanwhile, one of McCain’s biggest challenges, according to the New York Times, is the “continued wariness toward him among evangelicals and other Christian conservatives, a critical voting bloc for Republicans that could stay home in the fall or at least be decidedly unenthusiastic in their efforts to get out the vote.”

But the Washington Post notes one complication for both campaigns: “McCain and Obama offer a rare combination of nominees able to poach on the other party’s turf. Both have proven appeal to independents. McCain will target disgruntled Clinton supporters; Obama will target disaffected Republicans. Women, Latinos and, especially, white working-class voters will find themselves courted intensely by the two campaigns.”

Begich Leads Stevens in Alaska

A new Hellenthal and Associates poll in Alaska finds Mark Begich (D) leading Sen. Ted Stevens, 51% to 44%, in their U.S. Senate race.

“Stevens’ bid to win a seventh full term in the Senate has been overshadowed by an ongoing corruption investigation by the U.S. Justice Department.”

The Clintons’ Legacy

The New York Times: “Bill and Hillary Clinton have stirred virulent passions in their nearly two decades in the national spotlight. They have been known as many things, good and bad — brilliant policy analysts, manipulators of facts and friends, tireless campaigners, skillful political tacticians, monumentally self-absorbed baby boomers. But most of all they were known as winners. Until now. While the Clintons will almost certainly play a continuing role in national politics, and while Mrs. Clinton could yet emerge as this year’s vice-presidential nominee, a major chapter in their vertiginous public biography was closed when Mrs. Clinton conceded the Democratic presidential nomination to Senator Barack Obama on Saturday. The Clintons’ complicated legacy is all the more complicated now.”

Newsweek: “History strongly suggests that Hillary Clinton is in for a tough time. Whether it is called ‘decompression’ or, perhaps more honestly, depression, the crash is almost inevitable”

Ohio Voters Wary of Both Obama, McCain

The Columbus Dispatch retraced Sen. Hillary Clinton’s last trip through Ohio, “and in interviews with nearly three dozen people in places she visited, it was clear that although” Sen. Barack Obama “has fans in the region, he has work to do to…”

However, while Sen. John McCain “also has his supporters in this economically hard-hit but socially conservative area,” even some Republicans “say they are tired of high gas prices and no jobs — and they aren’t confident that McCain would bring a change.”

The Los Angeles Times looks at Ohio Republicans and notes that while the party machinery in the state helped get George Bush into office, “it’s not firing yet on McCain’s behalf.”

Will Clinton Take Blame for Obama Loss?

The Politico asks an interesting question: “Will supporters of Sen. Barack Obama blame Sen. Hillary Clinton if Obama loses in November?”

“While the point might eventually prove moot, her decision to remain in the race well past the point in which Obama appeared to have an insurmountable delegate lead has nevertheless generated discussion about what responsibility, if any, she might bear in the event of an Obama loss.”

One warning sign: There are Jimmy Carter loyalists who still blame Ted Kennedy for his 1980 defeat.

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