Someone is getting a refresher in intellectual honesty. Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus drips on the sarcasm: "So Obama isn't just junking his campaign pledge to participate in the public financing system if his opponent agreed to do the same. He isn't just becoming the first presidential candidate since Watergate to run a campaign fueled entirely by private money," she writes.
"No, he deserves praise for this selfless -- scratch that, patriotic -- move," Marcus continues."What's galling is Obama's effort to portray himself through this entire episode as somehow different from, and purer than, the ordinary politician."
Obama has much to gain -- but what might he lose? "To some observers, Obama's transformation from upstart candidate to presumptive nominee has made him begin to look dangerously like the typical Washington politicians he so often rails against," Time's Jay Newton-Small writes. "Worried about his patriotism? He now wears a flag pin daily. Worried about his church? He left it. Think he's inexperienced? Don't fret; he's got lots of renowned advisers. Too liberal? Well, just look at his recent policy statements on defending Israel and protecting warrantless wiretapping."
"It's extremely unlikely that Barack Obama and his campaign will get in legal trouble for featuring a revised version of the presidential seal," Jim Geraghty writes for National Review. "But like Michael Dukakis riding in a tank or John Kerry declaring that he voted for war funding before he voted against it, we may have just witnessed one of those unexpected moments that, in retrospect, comes to define one of the candidate's unflattering traits."
No talk like that in Hollywood Tuesday night -- though there was a Seal (performing): "Sen. Barack Obama's bid for Hollywood's financial support was officially cinched Tuesday night at -- where else? -- a gala attended by celebrities, studio executives, producers, directors and other well-moneyed people," Tina Daunt and Michael Finnegan write in the Los Angeles Times. "Many in the Hollywood crowd -- which had been deeply split between Obama and Clinton during the primaries and caucuses -- said they hoped to send a strong message: that the industry A-listers, even those who had sided with Clinton during the primary, were standing firm with Obama."
But, as ABC's Jake Tapper reported on "Good Morning America" Wednesday, "not a ton of high-profile Hillary Clinton supporters showed."
"Given Hollywood's affinity for Democratic causes, few doubt Obama will be able to draw Clinton's supporters, even as McCain makes a play for some of her top donors and fund raisers," Variety's Ted Johnson reports. "The question, however, is to what level of enthusiasm her donors will work for Obama, whether through fund-raising or out on the campaign trail."
Let us ponder a comeback, just to keep things interesting. . . . House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on the just-ended candidacy of Hillary Clinton: "I think her candidacy was a bright, bright moment for us, and she may run again," she said at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast, per ABC's Karen Travers.
Obama meets with business leaders in Chicago, and has a 4 pm ET press conference on the agenda.
McCain spends his Wednesday in Las Vegas, talking energy (Yucca, anyone?) and raising money.
The DNC pre-buttal: "Senator McCain's plan for Nevada can by summed up in four words: fewer jobs, more waste," says spokeswoman Karen Finney.