While he's at it -- why not try to win 48 states or so? "Senator Barack Obama is drawing up plans for extensive advertising and voter-turnout drives across the nation, hoping to capitalize on his expected fund-raising advantage over Senator John McCain to force Republicans to compete in states they have not had to defend in decades," Jim Rutenberg and Christopher Drew write in the Sunday New York Times.
"Aides and advisers to Mr. Obama said they did not believe he necessarily had a serious chance of winning in many of the traditionally Republican states. They said he could at least draw Mr. McCain into spending time and money in those places while swelling Democratic enrollment and supporting other Democrats on the ballot."
If that's hope, this is audacity. Your very own Obama presidential seal, complete with Latin inscription: "Vero Possumus" -- very roughly, "yes, we can."
"Audacity of hype," quips ABC's Jake Tapper. "No word on whether they played a remix of 'Hail to the Chief' as Obama walked in."
"Yes, he can. But, really: Oh, no, he didn't!" Michael Saul and Celeste Katz write in the New York Daily News.
There's still work to be done inside the party -- and some Democrats are looking for humility: "A Thursday afternoon meeting between Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., and other members of the Congressional Black Caucus grew tense and emotional for a moment -- perhaps illustrating that weeks after Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., suspended her presidential campaign, some nerves remain frayed," ABC's Jake Tapper and Kate Snow report.
The three words at the end of an Obama sentence that rubbed Rep. Diane Watson, D-Calif., and others the wrong way: "get over it."
Obama will have to tread carefully this week, with Thursday bringing the most anticipated summit this side of Camp David: "The Democratic senator from Illinois will return to the reality of running a costly campaign by meeting with a new group of influential and well-heeled donors," Christopher Cooper writes in The Wall Street Journal.
"The presumptive nominee will arrive in Washington Thursday for a powwow with the 'Hillraisers,' the cadre of top-producing fund-raisers who propped up Hillary Clinton's run for the White House," Cooper writes. Key point: "Hillraisers say they have been privately assured by Obama finance officials that the senator himself will ask his maxed-out donors to help pay Sen. Clinton's bills, though many believe that effort will be a drop in the debt bucket, netting her only $300,000 or so."
"There remain raw emotions in both camps as the two former foes prepare to campaign together," ABC's Jake Tapper reported on "Good Morning America" Monday. "People close to Hillary Clinton are frustrated that the Obama campaign has yet to propose a way to help her retire her more than $10 million in debt. Some close to Obama think the Clintons are being sore losers."
There is give, and there is take. "As the ex-foes are scheduled to sit down face to face this week and talk fund-raising, each needs to leave the table with the promise of riches," Ginger Adams Otis writes in the New York Post.
Warned Hassan Nemazee, a Clinton national finance chairman: "It's far more productive for Obama to have Hillary 100 percent focused and engaged on campaigning and raising money for him in the fall rather than having to do fund-raisers at the same time to retire her debt."