The Note: March From Madness

Wright's words linger -- for endless playing and re-playing -- but here's one reason this controversy may fade. "Privately, Clinton supporters say the Wright controversy was flaring without their help, and to have Clinton campaign fingerprints on the controversy could enrage black Democrats, many of whom already fault the campaign's tactics toward Sen. Obama," Jackie Calmes and Nick Timiraos write in The Wall Street Journal.

And former DNC chairman David Wilhelm finds a silver lining: "Certainly now America knows he's not a Muslim," Wilhelm said said.

Michigan's plan for a June 3 re-vote would be on track -- except for concerns raised by the Obama campaign. "The plan's fate is in serious jeopardy, in part, because of a wait-and-see tactic adopted by Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., the Democratic front-runner who has the most to lose from allowing a re-vote to go forward," ABC's Teddy Davis and Eloise Harper report. "A re-vote proposal is under serious time pressure: the Michigan legislature is currently scheduled to go on a two-week Easter recess at the end of business on Thursday."

(The Obama clip the Clinton campaign wants you to watch on Wednesday.)

Things look bleak in Michigan: "Michigan's efforts to regain those seats seemed likely to end after state legislators yesterday were unable to agree to a bill that would have authorized a state-run, privately funded primary," June Kronholz writes in The Wall Street Journal. "The bill would have needed the support of Republican legislators for the required two-thirds majority."

Clinton (adding a new pollster, Geoff Garin, to her campaign) ends her superdelegate dry spell with a big one out of Pennsylvania: Rep. Jack Murtha, D-Pa. "Murtha, a Democratic congressman since 1974, is a retired Marine colonel and leading voice on defense issues," and a leading anti-war voice on Capitol Hill since 2005, per Salena Zito of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

But even without any show-stoppers (and really, how interesting can schedules be?), Clinton's day will be swamped by the papers released by the archives. Get ready for a dissection of every moment spent with Sinbads and statesmen (not to mention healthcare task forces and Rodham-related pardons).

The Los Angeles Times' Johanna Neuman: "The two-term New York senator, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, touts her experience in foreign policy -- saying she would be 'ready on Day One' to lead the nation. That experience is based in part on her husband's eight years in the White House."

Still no tax returns, and we're still waiting on plenty of pages from the library. "The Clinton library is still reviewing another 20,000 pages of material that may be responsive to Judicial Watch's request, including telephone logs, and told the group that those may take one or two years to process," per The Washington Post.

Obama visits North Carolina to mark the fifth anniversary of the Iraq war with a 10:15 am ET speech in Fayetteville. ABC's Jennifer Parker reports that, according to a senior Obama adviser, the senator "will go beyond his plan to pull troops out of Iraq and 'outline a strategic vision for our country' to make the United States more secure."

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