Washington, Oct.13 : Barack Obama would like to offer John McCain a job if he becomes president, in what his allies says is an attempt to end the bitter partisan rancour that engulfed the White House race last week.
Both presidential rivals are working behind the scenes to calm the increasingly incendiary atmosphere on the campaign trail.
Two Democratic sources with knowledge of the thinking in the Obama camp say that forming a partnership with McCain would prove that Obama will reach across the aisle and also help rehabilitate McCain, who many Democrats believe has been pushed by hardline advisers into making increasingly desperate attacks on his rival. One well-connected Democrat, who spoke to Obama last week, told The Sunday Telegraph: "John McCain is a good man. There's no question about it. I think we'll see Barack Obama reach out to him and say: let's work together." He pointed out that Bill Clinton and the first President Bush "work together on common issues" despite their testy exchanges "in the heat of battle".
"Obama has said all along that he will work with the best people, regardless of party affiliation. John McCain has experience and he used to have a record of bipartisanship. We're all going to need to pull together when this is over."
McCain, however, will not be offered a cabinet job. Obama may ask him to spearhead a bipartisan overhaul of veteran's affairs, an issue close to McCain's heart. Obama's events was much more laid back, but there was still a sense of tense expectation among his supporters, many of whom still cannot quite believe that he stands on the cusp of making history.
There is fear among Democrats that the imminent prospect of an Obama presidency has unleashed the primal motives of racism, prevalent in the Appalachian region of Southern Ohio.