The Note: Storm Before the Calm

Mosk continues: "Obama's ability to capitalize on a sustained wave of online support has enabled him to spend almost all of his time campaigning. Clinton has attended more than a dozen fundraisers since Jan. 1, and her husband, former president Bill Clinton, has appeared at more than 40, while Obama and his wife have attended fewer than 10 during that time."

"Obama's totals for March were down from the record $55 million he raised in February, but the fundraising numbers starkly reveal his ability to pour huge resources into his bid for the nomination against a Clinton campaign that largely finds itself in the underdog role, unable to match the Illinois senator dollar-for-dollar and ad-for-ad in the final nominating contests," Rick Pearson writes in the Chicago Tribune.

"The numbers also underscore Clinton's early reliance on donors who have already contributed the $2,300 federal maximum for the primaries, while Obama has depended on lower-dollar donors who can still give more."

And Carter is just the latest prominent Democrat who likes to dream: "My children and their spouses are pro-Obama. My grandchildren are also pro-Obama," the former president said at a news conference. "As a superdelegate, I would not disclose who I am rooting for, but I leave you to make that guess."

This could be part what Clinton needs to change the storyline: "Senator Barack Obama's support among Democrats nationally has softened over the last month, particularly among men and upper-income voters, as voters have taken a slightly less positive view of him than they did after his burst of victories in February, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll," Adam Nagourney and Megan Thee write in the Times.

"Mr. Obama's favorability rating among Democratic primary voters has dropped seven percentage points, to 62 percent, since the last Times/CBS News survey, in late February," they write. (Those are still numbers Clinton has to crane her neck to see, but it's a start that --spun correctly -- could stave off a finish.)

Gov. Ed Rendell, D-Pa., shares with ABC's Jake Tapper a taste of the Clinton campaign's argument to superdelegates: "Say that there's 10% about Hillary Clinton that we don't know yet, I will grant you that, but I would say there's also about 50% about Barack Obama that we don't know yet," Rendell said.

There's some things money can't buy -- the Keystone State very possibly among them. "While it may be tempting for Obama to launch a final assault, some experts say, there are limits to what he can expect to accomplish given the state's unique demographic mix and the striking consistency of primary voting patterns thus far," Politico's Jeanne Cummings writes.

"Then there are the risks of launching a full-scale offensive to capture an upset victory. . . . If he makes a strong play for a win and falls short, Clinton then could claim she withstood his assault, bolstering her claim that she is the stronger, tougher candidate."

(Remember South Carolina? Bill Clinton does.)

As to whether she is or isn't telling superdelegates that Obama "can't win," as George Stephanopoulos has reported, Clinton seemed to deny it at a press conference -- but then her campaign walked that denial back. "Clinton aides now insist the Senator misunderstood the question, asserting the candidate believed she was answering whether or not she would discuss a private conversation," per ABC's Eloise Harper.

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