The Note: In Sickness and in Health

"He is making no secret that he thinks it would be a good, strong ticket for Barack Obama, and that Sen. Clinton -- Hillary Clinton has earned, basically, the offer of vice president," ABC's George Stephanopoulos reported on "Good Morning America" Friday. "Now, you have strong Obama allies taking the opposite view."

Cover of the New York Post: "Man and Vice." "A growing number of Democratic officials are now openly talking about an Obama-Clinton ticket that could unite the factions and take back the White House in November,"the Post's Maggie Haberman writes.

Says Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.: "I am one that believes that if it works out that Senator Obama is the nominee, the strongest ticket would be Senator Clinton as vice president. No question in my mind."

"Anyone who knows the Clintons is well aware that, at times, they come to politics with different motivations," Patrick Healy and Jeff Zeleny write in The New York Times. "Both of them want to return to the White House; Mrs. Clinton, of New York, also enjoys being a senator, while Mr. Clinton, according to associates, sees the vice presidency as perhaps her best path to becoming president someday if she loses the nominating fight. And Mr. Clinton has his own ideas about his wife's best interests -- even if she sometimes does not share them."

"Friends of the former president say his musings have been more casual: He believes that an Obama-Clinton ticket could help unify the party, and he thinks she has earned a meeting with Mr. Obama to discuss the possibility," they continue. "According to these friends, who spoke on condition of anonymity so as not to be identified revealing private talks, Mr. Clinton believes that his wife's victories in major primary battles, like Ohio and Pennsylvania, and the 16 million votes cast for her candidacy make her the proper choice for Mr. Obama."

Obama, of course, has to be careful: Things are messy enough in the Democratic Party right now even without premature victory laps.

"Obama's preparations on this score are a delicate matter. He does not want to appear to be pushing Clinton from the stage, so he can remain well-positioned to win the votes of her supporters in the general election," Peter Nicholas reports in the Los Angeles Times.

"There's no short list. At this very early stage, only a very long list of potential running mates for Sen. Barack Obama, the likely Democratic nominee," Lynn Sweet reports in the Chicago Sun-Times. "The closely held project for picking a vice president for Obama will be a separate 'silo,' an organization outside the Obama campaign headquarters on Michigan Avenue in Chicago, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned."

First -- Obama sought to court Jews in Florida Thursday -- and this was a skeptical crowd.

"Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., faced a barrage of questions from Jewish voters in Boca Raton, Fla., about his relationship with some who are anti-Israel, his name and his own personal commitment to Israel,"per ABC's Sunlen Miller. "Obama, with an American flag pin on his lapel, made brief opening remarks aimed at assuring the group of his support of Israel -- reminding the voters that he will not sit down with Hamas, and of his goal to eliminate the threat of Iran."

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