The Note: Bad Humor

Obama starts the day in Chicago, then heads to Cincinnati for a fundraiser and to speak at the NAACP's 99th annual convention Monday evening at 8 pm ET.

McCain is set to hit the NAACP on Wednesday. "McCain's appearance is less likely to help him among black voters -- solidly behind the first African American candidate for president -- than with some white voters, especially women," USA Today's Susan Page writes.

Remembering Tony Snow:

"He was the most prominent journalist ever to take the job, and he used his talk-show skills to the fullest, becoming the administration's most visible pitchman at a time when the Iraq war was turning from bad to worse and the president's popularity was sinking. Still, Snow had that selling-ice-to-the-Eskimos quality, a relentless cheerfulness," Howard Kurtz writes in The Washington Post.

"He made mistakes, went too far in challenging reporters' motives and probably crossed a line by moonlighting as a Republican fundraiser. But he also did something more lasting than any momentary political fight, and that was talking openly, honestly and emotionally about his cancer."

"He was always positive and upbeat and optimistic, and people resonated -- that resonated with people," Ed Gillespie said.

"You could make each other angry. But when you walked out of there it was over. He was a really genuine guy," says ABC's Martha Raddatz.

The Clinton Files:

Here's a dream: "She may have given up, but a few of Hillary Rodham Clinton's people haven't," CQ's Shawn Zeller writes. "But there are Clinton supporters clinging to the hope that if her name is placed in nomination and the roll call of the states is conducted, she might -- might -- still win."

No dream here: "It could take Hillary Clinton years to obliterate the mountainous campaign debt she's racked up, which would be tough on her concerned creditors - but it certainly won't be the first time it's happened in a presidential campaign," Celeste Katz writes in the New York Daily News.

And surely no dream here: Per the Los Angeles Times' Peter Nicholas: "Barack Obama told a potential donor to his campaign that Hillary Rodham Clinton is on his list of possible vice presidential running mates, but that her husband's status as a former president makes matters 'complicated.' "

Veepstakes Sweep:

A boost (of sorts) for Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del. "Biden is the Palm candidate. You go to lunch at The Palm . . . " James Carville said on ABC's "Good Morning America" Monday.

Could former governor Mike Huckabee, R-Ark., be too busy looking at 2012 for anything in 2008 to make sense? "It's pretty clearly obvious that what I'm doing -- I'm not sitting around waiting on the phone to ring and right now it would really mess up a lot of things I have going," Huckabee tells Radio Iowa's O. Kay Henderson.

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., on NBC's "Meet the Press," makes us wonder who "us" is when asked if she's been interviewed or asked to provide documents to the Obama campaign: "I'm not going to discuss about the process, because the campaign, frankly, has asked us not to. I think that Barack Obama is going to -- I trust his judgment. He's got -- he's a very wise man and he has great judgment. He will find the right partner to change America, and that's what he's got to focus on."

Same question, on documents, to Gov. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., gets a more direct answer, on CNN's "Late Edition": "No, sir. No, sir."

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