The Note: Winner's Spoil

More from the forthcoming Atlantic article: "The anger and toxic obsessions overwhelmed even the most reserved Beltway wise men," Joshua Green writes, per Politico's Mike Allen. "[H]er advisers couldn't execute strategy; they routinely attacked and undermined each other, and Clinton never forced a resolution. . . . [S]he never behaved like a chief executive, and her own staff proved to be her Achilles' heel."

Other tidbits: Top Clinton aides weren't focusing on the delegate count until 12 days before Iowa, Green reports. Bill Clinton himself pulled the trigger on the "3 am" ad. And there's this quote, attributed to Howard Wolfson: "When the house is on fire, it's better to have a psychotic fireman than no fireman at all."

More with Rielle Hunter, from Newsweek's Jonathan Darman. (And what's your sign?)

The past tense is appropriate, surely for this cycle, at the very least: "Edwards had been expected to help presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama win votes among union members and low-income workers. He might have been a contender for a Cabinet position such as attorney general," USA Today's Jill Lawrence writes.

Some 527 action: "A Democratic-leaning California group is planning to spend some $10 million before November's election," Politico's Ben Smith reports. "PowerPAC.org, which aided Obama in the Democratic Primary, is launching a voter registration drive in the African-American south and a media campaign targeting Hispanic voters in four Western states, said the group's president, Steve Phillips. He said the aim was to capitalize on Obama's momentum to benefit progressive causes and candidates around the country."

Watch the field: "Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is opening campaign offices in Indiana, North Carolina and Alaska, using his financial edge to challenge John McCain in states previously written off by Democrats," Bloomberg's Jonathan D. Salant and Timothy J. Burger report. "Obama, an Illinois senator, also is concentrating much of his campaign-ad spending since clinching his party's nomination in June on states won by President George W. Bush in 2004, according to a study by the University of Wisconsin in Madison."

You've seen the TV ads -- now read the book. " 'Change We Can Believe In: Barack Obama's Plan to Renew America's Promise' is coming out Sept. 9 as a paperback with an announced first printing of 300,000 copies and a list price of $13.95," per the AP's Hillel Italie. "It comes out at the same time as Bob Woodward's fourth volume on the Bush administration, one of the fall's most anticipated releases."

The Democratic Party's 2008 platform is set. "In a nod toward supporters of Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., the platform declares that the party is 'united behind a commitment that every American man, woman and child be guaranteed to have affordable, comprehensive health care,' " per ABC's Teddy Davis. "The platform stops short, however, of proposing, as Clinton did in her campaign, that all individuals should be required to have health insurance."

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