The Note: Whispered Shouts

One reason he's paying attention to the base, or should be: "A substantial percentage of voters -- about one-fourth -- still showed up to vote against him in the three most-recent Republican presidential primaries," the Washington Times' Stephen Dinan writes. "With just a handful of small-state contests left, Mr. McCain has won less than 45 percent of the 19 million votes cast in the Republican primaries so far. In 2000, Mr. Bush won 62 percent of Republican votes."

Newt Gingrich sounds the GOP alarm: "Either Congressional Republicans are going to chart a bold course of real change or they are going to suffer decisive losses this November," the former House speaker, R-Ga., writes for Human Events. "The Republican brand has been so badly damaged that if Republicans try to run an anti-Obama, anti- Reverend Wright, or (if Senator Clinton wins), anti-Clinton campaign, they are simply going to fail."

Rush Limbaugh's "Operation Chaos" gets page-one Washington Post treatment. But Limbaugh has ended the operations, saying he wants Obama to be the party's pick, because "he would be the weakest of the Democrat nominees." Said Rush: "He can get effete snobs, he can get wealthy academics, he can get the young, and he can get the black vote, but Democrats do not win with that."

Forget the "Dream Ticket": The Weekly Standard's Fred Barnes proposes Obama-Rendell. "As governor of a major state, [Gov. Ed Rendell, D-Pa.] automatically a national political figure. He's also a former general chairman of the Democratic national committee, which means he's a party man who gets along with Democrats of all types. Though he backed Clinton, he's not identified with any Democratic faction or constituency group."

"Jewish problem," anyone? Obama wishes Israel a happy 60th birthday in the Israeli newspaper Yediot Ahronot. "The 60th anniversary is also an ideal time to celebrate this special relationship between our two countries," Obama writes. "Washington and Jerusalem not only share ideals and values, but we share common interests. The bond between Americans and Israelis remains unshakable. It is a tie that every American president (whether Democrat or Republican) has and will continue to uphold."

The kicker:

"I totally learned that Soulja Boy dance for nothing." -- Mike Gravel, unsuccessfully lobbying Obama Girl, in a new video that surely marks an appropriate end to the Democratic primary.

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