The Note: Eliot's Mess

Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., (an Obama backer) has a Michigan and Florida solution that the Obama campaign would be thrilled with: "Split up the delegations, let 'em each have 50% of it and move on," Dodd said, per the AP.

The Boston Globe's Peter Canellos looks at the fallout from the Samantha Power resignation. "If there was a warning for the Obama campaign, it was not about the dangers of negative campaigning. It was about the importance of having a consistent message and an effective chain of command," Canellos writes. "Power was the third Obama adviser to stir up a cloud of dust in recent weeks by apparently substituting his or her own views for Obama's."

Obama is now blaming the Clinton campaign for leaking the photo of him in native garb, after first saying he took Clinton at her word, ABC's Jake Tapper reports. "When in the midst of a campaign you decide to throw the kitchen sink at your opponent because you're behind, and you start, your campaign starts leaking photos of me when I'm traveling overseas wearing native clothes of those folks, to make people afraid," Obama said Monday on the trail.

Obama's name emerged at the Rezko trial on Monday. "As an Illinois lawmaker, Barack Obama was one of eight state officials consulted on appointments to a state board which later became involved in what prosecutors describe as a fraud scheme," ABC's Justin Rood and Melissa Murphy report. "That information was contained in a June 2003 memo from a national Democratic official introduced this morning as evidence at the trial of Antoin 'Tony' Rezko, a Chicago-area developer and political operative facing corruption charges."

What about those Clinton tax returns? "After weeks of intense pressure, and more than a year after announcing her presidential candidacy, Sen. Hillary Clinton has offered little explanation for why she has delayed releasing the tax returns made public by most other Democratic presidential candidates in recent years," ABC's Avni Patel reports.

(If you want them to get lost in some Spitzer ether, why not release them today?)

Al Franken looks like he's getting his match-up with Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn. "Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Mike Ciresi abandoned his nearly year-old campaign Monday, saying continuing would create a fight within the Democratic Party," Rachel E. Stassen-Berger writes in the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

The kicker:

Client 9 "would ask you to do things that, like, you might not think were safe -- you know -- I mean that . . . very basic things." -- Defendant Temeka Rachelle Lewis, in prosecution's complaint in the prostitution ring implicating Gov. Spitzer.

"I said I'd buy Dick some champagne. . . . I'm sure he's happy. I'm sure everybody on Wall Street is happy." -- Andrew Sabin, friend of Dick Grasso, stating consensus Wall Street opinion on Spitzer's fall from grace.

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