As Obama mentions McCain on the trail, here comes another Mark Penn-gram: "If Sen. McCain is the nominee, Hillary is the one well-positioned to beat him," writes Penn, Clinton's chief strategist, per ABC's Jake Tapper. "Already well vetted, she is ready to stand up to Sen. McCain on national security and put together a winning coalition of voters that will take back the White House."
Tuesday's big prize -- California -- is "the whole enchilada," one Democratic strategist tells ABC's Kate Snow. "This complex political landscape is expensive to court in time and money, but with a heavy delegate count at stake, this primary has become a gold rush for votes that will reach a fever pitch by Super Tuesday," she writes.
The Los Angeles Times' Andrew Malcolm has details of a pro-Clinton push poll -- one that Camp Clinton won't say if it's behind.
"Someone who obviously favors Hillary Clinton is paying an unidentified company to spread this material phone call by phone call among independent voters, who can, according to California party rules, opt to vote in the Democratic but not the Republican primary on Feb. 5, when nearly two dozen states will choose a large chunk of the delegates to the parties' national conventions next summer," Malcolm writes.
And it just may be a late, late night out in the Golden State. "There was an awkward side effect to the scrappy campaign: Up to 20% of the votes could remain uncounted on election day, according to Secretary of State Debra Bowen," Catherine Decker writes in the Los Angeles Times.
"The result may be hundreds of thousands of ballots being slowly counted at a time when television and Internet viewers are expecting to see definitive results pop onto their screens."
Karl Rove takes a crack at turning Republican blues deep red again: "President Reagan's gifts to the Republican Party were ideas: growing the economy through tax cuts, limiting government's size, forcefully confronting totalitarian threats, making human rights a centerpiece of America's foreign policy, respecting unborn human life, empowering the individual with more freedom. Those ideas endure," Rove writes in his Newsweek column.
"They give Republicans a philosophical foundation on which to build. The Reagan coalition has a natural desire to stick together. Fiscal, defense and values conservatives have more in common with each other than with any major element of the Democratic Party's leadership."
The Atlantic's Joshua Green speculates (and that's all it is) that Al Gore could endorse Obama before Tuesday. "A well-connected Tennesseean told me two things today that got me thinking about this. The first is that Obama and Gore have been speaking regularly, about every two weeks or so.," Green writes.
"The second is that, despite this, and despite Tennessee's primary on Tuesday, Obama has not visited the state since June. It may be simply that he does not plan on competing there. Or it may be that he's been waiting for a special occasion."
If McCain prevails, he could make the campaign simpler, if nothing else: It could keep Mayor Michael Bloomberg, I-N.Y., on the sidelines, Keith B. Richburg writes in The Washington Post.