The Note: Solidarity Salsa

"Obama is not polling any better with white evangelical Protestants now than Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., did in 2004," Tapper and Duck report. "Despite those numbers, Obama has said he is trying to reach out. 'Even if they may not end up supporting my candidacy, I want to make sure people know I'm listening to them and I'm a person of faith,' Obama said in an interview."

Beliefnet.com's Steven Waldman, on the "potential Obamagelicals": "In past elections, voters who were the most religious clearly broke for the Republicans, and Democrats were increasingly seen as hostile to religion," Waldman writes. "But by a variety of other measures, the survey by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life found that Democrats have pulled even or ahead among the religious."

The Rev. Jim Wallis has some new ideas for Democrats: "Abortion reduction should be a central Democratic Party plank in this election," Wallis tells ABC's Teddy Davis and Gregory Wallace. "There are literally millions of votes at stake."

Knock a state off McCain's wish list: "The McCain campaign said yesterday its New York operations would be based out of what the campaign billed as a 'New Jersey/New York regional campaign headquarters' in Woodbridge, N.J., a 30- to 40-minute drive from New York City," per the New York Sun's Russell Berman.

We get it -- they want him to look presidential. But how many places can McCain visit that have zero electoral votes? Next week: Colombia and Mexico. "Since he became the all-but-certain Republican nominee this year, Senator John McCain has traveled to Iraq, Jordan, Israel, Britain and France (on the taxpayer's dime) and to Canada (on his campaign's)," Michael Cooper writes for The New York Times.

Speaking of McCain: When was the last time they won a few news cycles in a row? "There is something lacking in the McCain camp's ability to drive and sustain a message over a period of more than a day or so," Commentary's Jennifer Rubin writes. "They can whine all they would like about liberal media bias, but they rarely penetrate the din, their surrogates are not the sharpest (Joe Lieberman and Randy Scheunemann the clear exceptions) and they operate on a level of generality ("Obama would put us on the defensive on the war on terror") which is easily swatted away by the opposing camp."

Obama grabs another magazine cover -- Rolling Stone, with an interview that takes us inside his iPod. "I've got to say, having both Dylan and Bruce Springsteen say kind words about you is pretty remarkable," Obama says.

(But really? He thinks he knows his Springsteen and he addressed him as "The Boss"?)

He's careful on rap: "I am troubled sometimes by the misogyny and materialism of a lot of rap lyrics," he said, "but I think the genius of the art form has shifted the culture and helped to desegregate music."

Maureen Dowd pushes back at Karl Rove depiction of Obama: "Rove's mythmaking about Obama won't fly. If he means that Obama has brains, what's wrong with that? If he means that Obama is successful, what's wrong with that? If he means that Obama has education and intellectual sophistication, what's wrong with that?"

Which candidate is cozying up to Obama in the Oregon Senate race? That would be the Republican, Sen. Gordon Smith. From his new ad: "Who says Gordon Smith helped lead the fight for better gas mileage and a clean environment?" (Dramatic pause . . . ) "Barack Obama."

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