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  • How Do You Solve a Problem Like Michelle Obama?

    Barack Obama's favorite fist-bump partner is highly educated, successful, outspoken, determined and possessed of ladyparts.

    This particular combination is a known stumbling block for the American electorate, so the Obama team is giving Michelle a makeover that will boost her loveability and make her look ten years quieter…

    In coming weeks, Mrs. Obama will visit the spouses of military personnel and talk of the patriotic duty to provide these families with care and services. And the campaign has hired Stephanie Cutter, a veteran strategist, as her chief of staff, who will seek to deflect attacks.

    Senator Claire McCaskill, Democrat of Missouri, a close ally of the Obama campaign, says Mrs. Obama must stop sounding like a lawyer trying to win an argument. The trick, she said, is "not pushing so hard to persuade people that Barack is the right one."

    "All she has to do is be likable," Mrs. McCaskill said.

    That, and wear pretty dresses. Don't forget the pretty dresses!


    Tags: Barack Obama, Claire McCaskill, Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama
  • Welcome Back, Clinton!

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    Join former United States Senate Pages Dylan and Ethan Ris as they bring you the dish on not just the presidential race but all the exciting triumphs and disgraces inside, outside, and below the Beltway!

    Home Sweet Home! Well, it's finally over. The voters have voted, the superdelegates have committed, and Terry McAuliffe has been put back in cold storage for Chelsea's presidential bid. And the results are now clear: Barack Obama goes on to five more months of choking down swing-state diner food, while Hillary Clinton returns home to the U.S. Senate.

    Of course the Senate is a veritable retirement home for failed presidential candidates. You might say it's the spleen of the federal government. Knowing this, the Senate Pages will now reveal how our old bosses plan to greet Hillary upon her return:

    *Joe Lieberman (I-CT) — Congratulate Clinton on her "two-way tie for first."

    *Robert Byrd (D-WV) — Mistakenly assume Clinton has died and weep on the Senate floor.

    *Harry Reid (D-NV) — Using powers as Majority Leader, appoint Clinton to chair the Senate Select Subcommittee on Menopause.

    *Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R-TX), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), and Olympia Snowe (R-ME) — Rattail Clinton in the girls’ locker room and make her sing the French National Anthem.

    *Claire McCaskill (D-MO ) — Stare straight ahead and keep walking.

    *Jim Bunning (R-KY) — Confide in Hillary that he always thought Obama was limp-wristed and looked like one of Saddam Hussein's sons.

    *Ron Wyden (D-OR) — Use Hillary's newly lowered self-esteem as his chance to ask her out.

    *Mike Gravel (D-AK, retired) — Phone in a bomb threat to the Capitol.


    Tags: Barack Obama, Barbara Boxer, Claire McCaskill, Congressional Confidential, Harry Reid, Hillary Clinton, Jim Bunning, Joe Lieberman, Mike Gravel, Olympia Snowe, Robert Byrd, Ron Wyden