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Steve Clemons Reports McCain & Obama Camps Coordinated on Building Staff Rosters for Next Government:

"...A senior Obama campaign official shared with The Washington Note that In July 2008, the McCain and Obama camps began to work secretly behind the scenes to assemble large rosters of potential personnel for the administration that only one of the candidates would lead..."

At this point, the story is as Clemons termed it, "A Scoop", so there hasn’t been verification of this by other sources at this time.

More below the fold:

"Lists comprised of Democrats and Republicans were assembled, sorted into areas of policy expertise, so that the roster could be called on after the election by either the Obama or McCain transition teams..."

Clemons speculates that such coordination between the Obama and McCain camps are an:

"...indication that both Obama and McCain intended to draw expertise into their governments from both sides of the aisle -- or at least they wanted to appear interested in doing so..."

Given the way that Obama and McCain interacted during the campaign, especially in the last few months, it’s hard to think that the two camps would have been able to cooperate enough to work together on staffing choices for the next government.  It’s harder to believe that if they had done so, no one would have leaked it sooner.  Still, in the comments following his story, when he’s asked if he’s sure that he isn’t confusing the fact that both camps were asked by the FBI to submit names to be vetted before the election, Clemons responds:

"...yes, I am sure -- but I don't know all of the
details. I haven't seen the list. I have confirmed this on the
Republican side as well. This was a collaborative act. I don't know
"how" collaborative - -but I know that there was a sense in both
campaigns that a pool of solid policy experts -- regardless of party
affiliation -- was in the national interest..."

It will be interesting to see if others in the media have heard the same reports.  If the report is verified by other sources, it would be even more interesting to find out on which names both camps agreed.

Originally posted to kurious on Mon Nov 24, 2008 at 08:24 AM PST.

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  •  Wonder how many of the people that have been... (1+ / 0-)
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    named so far would be agreeable to both Obama and McCain?

  •  I wonder how many of those named (0+ / 0-)

    Democrats would have actually been chosen by McCain if he had won?

    The religious fanatics didn't buy the republican party because it was virtuous, they bought it because it was for sale

    by nupstateny on Mon Nov 24, 2008 at 08:44:13 AM PST

    •  That's a good question (1+ / 0-)
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      With McCain's pick of Palin as VP, it is hard to see him picking Dems for his cabinet or other key government positions.  OTOH, what politicians say and do before elections and after elections are often two entirely different things.

      •  McCain mentioned many times that (1+ / 0-)
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        he was willing and able to reach across the aisle, but it wasn't until the last month or so of the campaign that he qualified his statements with, "but I can't reach that far."

        I assume that the only Democrats he would have used would be Clinton and Lieberman.

        The religious fanatics didn't buy the republican party because it was virtuous, they bought it because it was for sale

        by nupstateny on Mon Nov 24, 2008 at 09:00:37 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  In July 2008, McCain hadn't deteriorated (1+ / 0-)
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    into the train wreck that will probably be how he is defined and remembered by the American people.  He was still talking bipartisanship back then.  Possible, but I'd like more corroboration.

    In my world, there are only two colors. I prefer Blue over Not-Blue.

    by indigoblueskies on Mon Nov 24, 2008 at 08:51:56 AM PST

    •  Agree (0+ / 0-)

      I'd also like to see more corroboration.  As Clemons said in a comment following his post:

      "...I am hoping that other news
      organizations who are better resourced just go out and nail the rest of the story."

  •  all just part of M & O's "Ocean's 11" plan (2+ / 0-)
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    my pet rock, amnesiaproletariat

    to steal the Hope Diamond from the Smithsonian.

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