The Note: Rocky Roads

How much will depend on those whom Obama (and, basically, no one) can control? "Particularly after his off-putting performance in the primary campaign, [Bill] Clinton needs to park his outsized ego at the door and deliver a powerful argument for this year's candidate," Scot Lehigh writes in his Boston Globe column.

"Clinton's performance in a speech Tuesday will be crucial. But so will signals she and her husband, the former president, send the rest of the week," Mike Dorning writes in the Chicago Tribune.

Do we detect some pushback (subtle, for now)? "A senior Obama adviser confirmed that Clinton was not asked for paperwork but said it was because she had asked Obama not to vet her unless he was seriously considering her," Anne Korblut writes in The Washington Post.

And track the frustration's growth: "In keeping with its secretive approach to the vice presidential rollout, Obama's campaign said it will release no details on how he made his decision. Obama also did not take questions; he has not done so for at least two weeks," Kornblut writes. ABC's Jake Tapper writes. "He and his new running mate are currently giving an exclusive post-announcement interview to 'People' magazine."

As for the message in the mile-high air, the stage fits the man -- on several glitzy levels: "Like the presidential candidate, it is hip --dressed with giant plasma HDTVs -- and larger than life -- about 8,000 square feet of projection space," Lynn Sweet writes in the Chicago Sun-Times. "The bold design could be a metaphor for the Obama campaign -- the stunning rise of the 47-year-old charismatic, iPoded junior senator from Illinois who defeated Hillary Clinton and others, assisted by cool applications of social networking tools, wealthy donors and a relentless message of change and hope."

"But since Obama clinched the nomination -- it's official Thursday after the roll call -- his campaign has become more conventional," Sweet continues. "Obama's team also allowed to fester resentment remaining from die-hard Clinton supporters. And just as the convention is about to start, there are stories about whether Clinton herself is showing the proper amount of enthusiasm for Obama."

A storyline to watch: "He made a set of compromises all in a row that freaked people out on the progressive side of the party," said Robert Borosage, a veteran liberal activist who is co-director of the Campaign For America's Future.

A taste of signs to come: "Hoisting signs such as 'Iraq: Get Out, Iran: Stay Out, Bush/Cheney: Drive Out' and 'The world can't wait, drive out the Bush regime,' the protesters didn't all match in point of view, but they all seem to agree that they plan to stand united in their protesting efforts during the convention," Ashleigh Oldland reports in the Rocky Mountain News.

The New Team:

The Biden rollout stumbled a bit out of the gate (scooped on the text message, did the campaign really want to wake supporters at 3 am with news they already knew?), and provided a few gaffes at the start, but far more good than bad in unveiling the new ticket.

The story thus far has been largely the one the Obama campaign has wanted told.

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