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By Al Kamen
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, December 9, 2010; 6:40 PM

Some of the 2,000 or so Democratic staffers on Capitol Hill who are losing their jobs in the coming weeks as a result of November's "Great Shellacking" are angry at President Obama's White House for not helping them find new jobs.

Worse, they remember that in 2006, when the Republicans lost the Hill and GOP aides were in the same fix, the George W. Bush White House tried hard to place them in administration positions.

One Republican, a displaced House aide who found a fine administration job in 2006, recalled that a week or two after the election, "we got sent a link to submit resumes to White House office of presidential personnel."

And Liza Wright, the head of that office at the time, said Thursday that "we set up a series of job fairs at the Republican National Committee for all staffers" looking for work and even had some agency officials there to talk with them about possibilities.

But that's not happening this time. Two senior Democratic House aides - neither of whom is in danger of pounding the pavement - said they have been calling the White House trying to find jobs for their less fortunate junior colleagues but are not having much luck.

"They have not called us," one of them said. And both Democrats ruefully concluded that "Republicans have always been better at taking care of their people."

In all fairness, the Bush administration, six years into its tenure, was "starved for people," the former GOP House aide said, because many of the first group of workers - and even many of the second-round hires - had moved on. Still, there must be - or might soon be - some political job openings amongst the several thousand such jobs in the government.

Asked about any efforts to help those soon to be on the bread lines, an Obama spokesman e-mailed: "The White House receives resumes from people across the country who are interested in working in the Obama administration.

"Yes, it is fair to say that there has been increased interest since the mid-terms," he added, "and we're pleased about that because we are always looking for the best and brightest to serve in this Administration."

Congressional Democrats have long been unhappy with the Obama White House, feeling it cares little about their well-being. Now, as a Bill Clinton-style triangulation era begins, they're furious about Obama's tax deal with the R's to continue tax cuts for the hideously wealthy.

They will doubtless be heartened by White House's attitude toward the Hill jobless.

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