McCain and Clinton, Still on the Obama Agenda
By Ben Pershing
Much of what has been mostly talk since Election Day will turn to action this week: Barack Obama will sit down with John McCain today to mend fences while his incoming administration continues staffing up, and Congress returns to town to deal with a few leadership races and an auto industry bailout with dubious prospects for success.
The winner gets home-field advantage, so McCain will travel to Chicago to meet Obama at the latter's transition office. They will be joined by Lindsey Graham and Rahm Emanuel, making a foursome that is ripe for transformation into a sitcom or road trip movie (a black guy, a Jewish guy, a southerner, an elderly guy, a lot of cursing -- you get the idea ...).
On the personnel front, the steady accumulation of current and former Clinton administration staffers continues with the addition of Greg Craig to the team as White House counsel, a process that could culminate with the installation of an actual Clinton (no, not Chelsea or Roger, fantastic as that might be) at Foggy Bottom. Hillary got lots of praise on the Sunday shows, including from Republicans, but nothing seems certain until the Obama camp finishes vetting Bill and figures out how he can keep being a globetrotting philanthropist/rainmaker without stirring up conflicts.
Posted at 8:09 AM ET on Nov 17, 2008
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