The Note: Wrighting the Ship

Obama hopes that at least, a press conference can kill a storyline. "Obama has used the power of his rhetoric to end controversies before, and the campaign hopes now that Obama's angry soundbites will now replace some of Wright's more radical utterances on the cable news," The Atlantic's Marc Ambinder writes.

"The bet they're making is that by extending the active phase of a story for at least one more day, they can prevent its long tail from influencing too many votes next Tuesday."

By the (admittedly incomplete) public measurements, something's still going right in Obamaland. Consider: Two superdelegates -- one in Kentucky, one in Iowa -- chose Tuesday, and one more in Iowa, Rep. Bruce Braley, chose Wednesday, to announce their support for Obama, allowing him to match Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's superdelegate haul on one of the low days of his campaign.

"While the Wright eruption has reinvigorated Clinton's campaign, which announced Tuesday the endorsements of North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley and Rep. Ike Skelton, a powerful Democrat from Missouri, there were no signs of superdelegates abandoning the ship of the front-running Obama," Politico's Ben Smith writes.

An intriguing tidbit, per Politico's Amie Parnes and Josephine Hearn: "Capitol Hill insiders say the battle for congressional superdelegates is over, and one Senate supporter of Barack Obama is hinting strongly that he has prevailed over Hillary Rodham Clinton. While more than 80 Democrats in the House and Senate have yet to state their preferences in the race for the Democratic nomination, sources said Tuesday that most of them have already made up their minds and have told the campaigns where they stand."

Said Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., an Obama supporter: "It is a matter of timing."

(Though this isn't a great sign: The phone didn't stop ringing at Rep. Ben Chandler's, D-Ky., office after he came out for Obama: "Denis Fleming, Chandler's chief of staff, said that the congressman's offices in Lexington and Washington had received about 300 phone calls opposing his decision -- and only five in favor -- by about 2:30 p.m. yesterday.")

A vote is a vote -- but Clinton's Tuesday haul was bigger. She picked up Rep. Ike Skelton, D-Mo., the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, who cited her support for "rural America," per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Deirdre Shesgreen.

And Gov. Mike Easley, D-N.C., who assured supporters that Clinton "makes Rocky Balboa look like a pansy," in a comment ABC's Jake Tapper writes "assuredly will cause something of a ruckus among Clinton's myriad gay supporters."

Another big hint from a big superdelegate who doesn't really have a big secret to keep any longer: "It would be undemocratic if the super-delegates blatantly went against the decision of Democratic voters across the nation," former President Jimmy Carter tells the London Telegraph's Toby Harnden.

"And I think that many super-delegates who have not yet declared their preference have the same feeling that I do, including the Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi," Carter continued. "She's said over and over that whoever gets the most [pledged] delegates by June 3rd ought to be the nominee."

If the Wright affair is done, what next for Obama? Six days before he'll be judged again, the political world wants to know -- does he have any tricks left?

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