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Posted: Tuesday, August 19, 2008 10:21 pm | Updated: 9:14 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

After weeks of negotiations between representatives of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, we now know what it takes to buy peace with the Clintons at the Democratic convention: A lot.

The former first lady will speak in prime time Aug. 26 in Denver, sharing the spotlight with keynote speaker Mark Warner. But first there will be an introductory video, made by the producers of "Designing Women." And she is likely to be introduced by Chelsea Clinton. Good luck, Mark.

The following night, former President Bill Clinton, whose endorsement of Obama was late and grudging, will speak. He will be sharing the spotlight with Obama's vice presidential nominee. Good luck, running mate to be named.

And the capper is Hillary Clinton gets to have her name placed in nomination with, if she still wants it, a state-by-state roll call to "honor and celebrate" her supporters. Some of her supporters said they would have an organized walkout of the convention if she didn't get it. Clinton said it will be "a catharsis" for her supporters, who even though their candidate finished in second place, would know "that their legitimacy has been validated." Then her followers, having been cleansed, purged, legitimized and validated, will unite behind Obama.

When the convention finally moves to the Denver Broncos' 76,000-seat Invesco Field at Mile High on Aug. 28, the focus is supposed to be on Obama and his acceptance speech. With those irrepressible Clintons, don't bet on it.

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