The Note: 'Closer to 'Not' Than Yes'?

"Clinton allies have promised to put up their share of the money, but Obama allies in Florida, including his Florida finance chair, Kirk Wagar, are keeping their wallets closed."

3. Carville unloads:

In a must-read op-ed for the Financial Times, James Carville writes that "calls for resignation are becoming cries of 'wolf' in US politics."

He urges Samantha Power, the Obama adviser who was forced to resign after calling Hillary Clinton "a monster," to "come back to work."

He opines that Geraldine Ferraro should have been "dispatched to a cruise ship for a few weeks of sightseeing and spa treatments" rather than being forced off of Clinton's finance committee for suggesting that Obama would not be where he is if he were not African American.

And he defends the invocation of Obama's teen drug use by Clinton supporter Bill Shaheen.

"Was that a suggestive statement? Sure," writes Carville of Shaheen's Washington Post interview. "Was it out of bounds? Not egregiously. Are Republicans going to raise this issue should Mr. Obama become the Democratic nominee? You bet."

4. McCain Camp Circulates WSJ Clip on Obama's Controversial Pastor:

In its morning email to reporters, the McCain campaign is circulating a Wall Street Journal op-ed by Ronald Kessler in which he writes that Obama's association with controversial pastor Jeremiah Wright raises "legitimate questions" about Obama's fundamental beliefs about his country.

The New York Post's Geoff Earle writes up Obama's controversial pastor under a "9/11 Slur by Obama Rev." header.

Over at, Kathryn Jean Lopez writes that the more Americans hear about Obama's pastor, "the more they're going to have the audacity to look beyond Obama's inspirational milquetoast speeches, probing what makes him tick, what influences him, who advises him, what he believes."

Keying off the Ferraro dust-up, Jennifer Rubin writes for Human Events that it would have been "unimaginable" for McCain to raise the question of whether Obama would have gotten where he is if he were a white male and that the media would have "vilified him had he tried."

"Now he need not do it," she writes. "The issue is out there and will either serve to torpedo Obama's prospects for the nomination or perhaps slowly simmer, possibly creating a backlash against Obama among key swing voters in the general election." 5. Clinton accused of exaggerating role on S-CHIP

The Boston Globe reports that some lawmakers and staff members are fuming in private over what they see as Clinton's exaggeration of her role in developing SCHIP, including her campaign ads claiming she "helped create" the program.

". . . does she deserve credit for SCHIP? No. Teddy does, but she doesn't," said Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, referring to Obama supporter Ted Kennedy.

"Asked" by The Globe "whether Clinton was exaggerating her role in creating SCHIP, Kennedy, stopped in the hallway as he was entering the chamber to vote, half-shrugged."

"'Facts are stubborn things,'" Kennedy told The Globe, "declining to criticize Clinton directly. 'I think we ought to stay with the facts.'"

6. Dems re-fight Iowa:

With county conventions set to get underway Saturday in Iowa, the New York Daily News reports that 14 delegates won by since-departed John Edwards are up for grabs as are those who supported Clinton and Obama in January.

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