Says one planner: "If people get down there on the floor and want to start blowing kazoos and making a scene we want to make sure we've got people who stand in front of them with Obama signs."
The art of negotiation: "Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign will call next week for the creation of a commission to revise the rules for selecting a presidential nominee in 2012, with a goal of reducing the power of superdelegates, whose role became a major point of contention during the long battle for the Democratic nomination between Obama and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton," Dan Balz writes for The Washington Post. "The commission also will be urged to redraw the nominating calendar for 2012 to avoid starting the primaries and caucuses so early, and also to look specifically at ensuring more uniform rules and standards for those caucuses."
Clinton heads to Florida for Obama on Thursday.
Obama's convention challenge is more than just avoiding being overshadowed: "Is there really a 'there' there?" Karl Rove writes in his Wall Street Journal column, outlining the stakes for Obama. "Besides withdrawing from Iraq, it's not clear what issues are really important to him. Does he do his homework or is he intellectually lazy? Is there an issue on which he would do the unpopular thing or break with party orthodoxy? Is his candidacy about important answers or simply about us being the 'change we've been waiting for'? Substance will help diminish concerns about his heft and fitness for the job."
It's day two of Obama's Virginia tour -- and can you stomach one more day of veepstakes madness? (The One's No. 2 still hasn't been asked/told, per ABC's Jake Tapper.)
It's not clear voters can: "Disappointing some who hoped he would announce his vice-presidential running mate, the Illinois Democrat pushed his economic agenda as good medicine for anemic communities stricken by plant closings," Rex Bowman and Carlos Santos write in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
It's not clear that Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., can: "I had a successful dump," Biden told the assembled press outside his home on Wednesday, per ABC's Z. Byron Wolf (summing up in five easy words why the press corps is secretly rooting for an Obama-Biden ticket). "I dropped everything at the dump. It all worked out and by the way I got a second load, guys, coming and if anyone wants to help me unload let me know . . ." (No takers.)
The AP's Nedra Pickler sees Biden as the latest frontrunner: "Sen. Joe Biden's emergence at the center of speculation about who will be Barack Obama's running mate may say more about Obama's challenges in the presidential race than it does about the final selection," she writes. "Obama is keeping his decision quiet, but his staff in Chicago and party activists are buzzing about Biden, in large part because he can address two of Obama's biggest weaknesses -- his lack of experience, especially on world affairs, and his reluctance to attack his opponent."
It's not clear Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., can take much more, either: "This afternoon, Bayh's week of fatherhood fun hit a roadblock . . . or rather, created one," ABC's Matt Jaffe reports. "A large black gym bag got stuck on the door of a car driven by a friend of Bayh's as it pulled out of his garage. The driver then drove about a hundred yards up the street, with the bag dragging along behind the car." (Bag saved by intrepid reporter, for the record.)