Gary Hart offers some advice: A vote isn't necessarily bad. "My people put on a massive demonstration [on the convention floor in 1984]. It went on for 10 or 15 minutes," Hart tells Allison Sherry and Anne C. Mulkern of The Denver Post. "They felt very good about it afterward."
Obama may actually believe that the negotiations are "seamless," by why then do we see the cracks?
This is a pretty big split in perceiving the convention's purpose: "I don't think we're looking for catharsis. I think what we're looking for is energy and excitement about the prospects of changing this country."
"Even as Hillary Clinton heads to Las Vegas today in her first solo trip to campaign for Obama, she is holding out the prospect of a drawn-out nominating vote that experts say at best would be a distraction and at worst a disaster," Newsday's Tom Brune and Janie Lorber write.
Don't forget that Bill Clinton couldn't quite say that Obama was ready to be president. "Taken together, the Clintons' comments were evidence that some bitterness lingers two months after Clinton battled Obama to a near-draw, gave up her campaign and asked him to help her retire a multimillion dollar campaign debt," Reuters' Steve Holland reports.
Obama has already given the Clintons plenty -- and this is his convention, after all. "Two nights out of four featuring the Clintons is not what Obama had in mind for his convention, but he'll have to live with it," Newsweek's Jonathan Alter writes, noting that neither Obama nor the Clintons can stop delegates from voting for whomever they wish.
"The dustup over the Clintons will get resolved, but it's a harbinger of drama to come. Bill Clinton is still sore," Alter continues. "And Barack Obama hasn't quite figured out yet that the men who have been president is a tiny club, and Clinton is the only one whose advice is likely to prove useful."
Can't he be even more generous? (He's won the only prize that really matters.)
"What else does she want? As Al Gore learned in 2000, having one Clinton, let alone two, hover over you as you campaign for the presidency can be trying," Katharine Q. Seelye writes in The New York Times. "Either way, she does have leverage. Polling shows that Mrs. Clinton remains as popular among Democrats these days as Mr. Obama, despite his having campaigned for two months as the party nominee."
"The Obama team's patience is being tested again, Obama advisers say," Kenneth T. Walsh writes for US News & World Report.
(And restart more old Clinton drama soon: "Former advisers to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton are in a tizzy over an upcoming piece in the Atlantic Monthly that chronicles the inner workings of the now-defunct campaign," Anne Kornblut writes in The Washington Post. "Of particular concern are nearly 200 internal memos that the author, Josh Green, obtained -- 130 or so of which he plans to scan in and post online. When the piece is published sometime next week, readers will be able to scroll through the memos, from senior strategists such as Mark Penn, Harold Ickes and Geoff Garin, and see what exactly was going on inside the infamously fractured Clinton organization.")
Obama will answer questions from the press upon arrival in Hawaii, then is basically down for a week -- save a fundraiser next Tuesday.