The Note: Wright's Stuff

The sentence that will set tongues a-wagging: "Mrs. Edwards, her husband's closest and most trusted adviser, has made it clear that she favors Mrs. Clinton; aides said she had recently tried to persuade Mr. Edwards to do the same," Bosman writes.

And polling helps provide some of the raw materials for that Clinton frame: "Hillary Rodham Clinton now leads John McCain by 9 points in a head-to-head presidential matchup, according to an Associated Press-Ipsos poll that bolsters her argument that she is more electable than Democratic rival Barack Obama," AP's Liz Sidoti writes. "Obama and Republican McCain are running about even."

Rep. Tom Cole, chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, may be playing a game here, but Camp Clinton will take the quote: "I think he is the weaker [Democratic] candidate," Cole, R-Okla., told reporters Monday.

From Obama's perspective, it's hard to imagine a worse star turn for Wright, who chose not just to go on a publicity blitz, but to add to the considerable YouTube library that may -- along with an astonishing selfishness -- constitute his lasting legacy in politics (assuming Obama doesn't take him up on that offer of serving on the ticket).

"Obama's controversial former pastor was defiant as he spoke to a room packed with non-journalistic supporters, defending himself, dismissing Obama's criticism of him as mere political expedience, and jokingly offering himself as a vice presidential prospect," ABC's Jake Tapper and Nitya Venkataraman report.

They continue: "He clearly was not doing Obama any favors, not only by reappearing before a ravenous media thus distracting from Obama's attempt to relate better to white working class voters in Indiana and North Carolina, but by implying Obama's condemnation of some of his sermons was not sincere."

Obama needs a new storyline. "The Wright story presents potential peril for Obama, increasing the urgency for the campaign to shift the focus," Christi Parsons and Mike Dorning write in the Chicago Tribune.

This is punditry Obama could have managed without: "He didn't distance himself," Wright said of Obama, drawing howls of disapproval from Chicago. (And did he need to let the world know that he was praying privately with the Obamas on the day of his presidential announcement?)

No apologies from Wright -- not for suggesting the US is to blame for 9/11, that the government created AIDS to harm black people, or for his close association with Farrakhan.

Wright was "brimming with defiance and in-your-face bravado," per the New York Daily News' Michael Saul: "For Obama, Wright's leap onto the national stage could hardly come at a worse time, a week before the Indiana and North Carolina primaries."

"At a moment when Barack Obama is struggling to win over white voters worried about the economy, a series of public appearances by his former pastor is threatening to revive a tempest over race, patriotism and religion that the Democratic presidential front-runner hoped he had quashed," Peter Nicholas writes in the Los Angeles Times.

Said David Axelrod, understating the case: "I think candor requires me to say it's not ideal."

This at least seems more credible than ever: "He does not speak for me," Obama told reporters Monday in North Carolina, per ABC's Sunlen Miller. "I think certainly what the last three days indicate is that we're not coordinating with him."

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