The Note: Dems Face Civil War in Bitter Clinton-Obama Battle

The commentary on Sen. Clinton that earned Power the Drudge treatment: "She is a monster, too -- that is off the record -- she is stooping to anything," Power told The Scotsman (except, no, it wasn't).

She continued: "There is this middle circle -- they are really on the warpath. But the truth is she has proved herself really willing to stoop. . . . Here, it looks like desperation. I hope it looks like desperation there too."

Power apologized, and this from Obama spokesman Bill Burton: "Senator Obama decries such characterizations which have no place in this campaign."

(Does that mean she's gone? Flashback to December: "I do not want to see research that is involved in trying to tear people down personally," Obama said, per The New York Times' Jeff Zeleny. "If I find out that somebody is doing that, they will be fired. And I have been absolutely crystal clear about this, and I have been clear about this for a very long time.")

And now we learn how nimble the (supposedly) more aggressive Obama operation can be.

USA Today's Peter Eisler provides fresh fodder to the debate over documents: "Federal archivists at the Clinton Presidential Library are blocking the release of hundreds of pages of White House papers on pardons that the former president approved, including clemency for fugitive commodities trader Marc Rich," Eisler writes. "That archivists' decision, based on guidance provided by Bill Clinton that restricts the disclosure of advice he received from aides, prevents public scrutiny of documents that would shed light on how he decided which pardons to approve from among hundreds of requests."

Add this to the question pile: "The spring before his wife began her White House campaign, former President Bill Clinton earned $700,000 for his foundation by selling stock that he had been given from an Internet search company that was co-founded by a convicted felon and backed by the Chinese government, public records show," Jim McElhatton writes in the Washington Times.

As the campaign moves on to Pennsylvania, Obama tells ABC's Charles Gibson that he thinks he knows why he lost the last round: "I think people started saying, 'well, maybe we want this to continue a little bit further.' They want me to earn this thing and not feel as if I'm just sliding into it. And, you know, I think we made some mistakes, as well, which is inevitable during the course of a long campaign."

Then he dropped an intriguing hint of what's to come: "On the other hand, all her experience is relevant, work at the Rose Law Firm or her work as first lady. So that's something, obviously, that we're going to contest."

But careful now: "As the Democratic primary race enters a new, critical phase, Senator Barack Obama's campaign is wrestling with how to respond forcefully to Hillary Clinton's recent attacks on his record without violating the positive, uplifting spirit at the core of his message," Scott Helman writes in The Boston Globe. "Obama's arsenal is limited by his insistence that his campaign not engage in below-the-belt attacks."

New York Times columnist David Brooks wants Obama not to meet Clinton out by the flagpole: "Unless they consciously reject conventional politics, the accusations will build on each other," Brooks writes. "And the Clinton people will draw them every step of the way. Clinton can't compete on personality, but a knife fight is her only real hope of victory. She has nothing to lose because she never promised to purify America."

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