The Note: Barack's Blues

After spending the campaign answering questions about whether he's too green, too black, or too red (as in states where he's winning) -- and now that his opponents' husband has gone purple -- all Sen. Barack Obama has to do next is show that he's blue enough (of collar) to be president.

So polish that bowling ball. Polish off the last of that arugula. Make sure those shoes aren't too polished.

What really matters now in the Democratic race -- according to those who decide such things -- is that Obama, D-Ill., demonstrate that he is a Real Person.

Pennsylvania's choppy wake leaves Obama still ahead in the race but Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (herself trying to place her life and her campaign squarely in the working class) continuing to make things interesting.

There's lots of real people in Indiana and North Carolina, and many of them are actual voters who just might have something to say about who gets to conduct the band at next year's White House Correspondents' Association dinner.

Mostly, of course, superdelegates want a candidate that Real People don't find weird.

Said Obama, D-Ill., on "Fox News Sunday" (which stopped its "Obama Watch" at 772 days, on the same weekend that his former pastor chose for his media debut): "I've got to be more present. I've got to be knocking on more doors. I've got to be hitting more events. We've got to work harder," Obama said, per ABC's John Hendren.

(And did he open the door to more Wright coverage by saying that the comments of his long-time pastor are "a legitimate political issue"? Sen. John McCain thinks so.)

Time for some fresh life in Obamaland: "Mr. Obama was described [by aides and associates] as bored with the campaign against Mrs. Clinton and eager to move into the general election," Jeff Zeleny and Adam Nagourney write in The New York Times.

"So the Obama campaign is undertaking modifications in his approach intended to inject an air of freshness into his style. . . . Mr. Obama's advisers are also debating whether he should give another major speech intended to lay out themes of his candidacy -- particularly the change he would bring to Washington -- that they fear have been muddled in one of the toughest months of his campaign."

Don't miss this detail: "Back in Chicago, a more sophisticated operation was methodically checking in with superdelegates who had already pledged to Mr. Obama -- just to make certain there had not been any slippage."

"In a noteworthy shift, the Illinois senator is trying to reach working-class and middle-class voters by arguing more explicitly that the reform ideas driving his campaign can address the economic troubles that threaten their way of life," Alec MacGillis writes in The Washington Post.

"The shift comes amid signs that Sen. Obama's lofty appeals for hope and change may not be resonating with financially insecure voters, and may even be driving them away," Nick Timiraos writes in The Wall Street Journal.

Newsweek calls it the "Bubba Gap" -- and it's still the dominant storyline six days after Pennsylvanians voted: "What is just weird is this: how can it be that a black man running for president is accused of being too elitist?" Evan Thomas, Holly Bailey, and Richard Wolffe write. "Yet to pockets of America, he still seems to be the 'other.' "

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