Yet: "There are some things that may be beyond the control of the Obama campaign. Most pressingly, Democrats said they were worried that the tensions between supporters of Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Obama from the contest that just ended two months ago would spill into public view after her name is entered into nomination, particularly after Mr. Obama bypassed Mrs. Clinton in choosing Mr. Biden," Nagourney writes.
This is delicious: "Mr. Obama's campaign began sending out a one-page sheet of daily talking points to delegates, instructing them what to say and what to avoid in talking to reporters. (In one last week, according to a recipient, the central thrust was how to parry questions about Clinton-Obama strife and Mrs. Clinton's speech by saying, 'I can't wait to hear Hillary Clinton talk about the future and am excited that her candidacy is unifying our party!')" (!!)
More Nagourney: "The Obama campaign is leaving little to chance. It has created a rapid response team -- led by Craig Smith, a former top operative in the Clinton world -- to head out to the convention floor at the first sign of any trouble from Clinton supporters."
Which of these sounds harder to do? "By sharpening his message over the next four days -- narrowing the gap between his high-flown rhetoric and voters' kitchen-table concerns -- and building his image beyond a celebrity stereotype, the Illinois senator hopes to make the election a choice between himself and GOP Sen. John McCain, not just a straight referendum on Obama," Mark Z. Barabak writes in the Los Angeles Times. "He also hopes to patch, once and for all, his differences with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and her followers."
"It's going to be part celebration and part anxiety," said Democratic strategist Donna Brazile.
"I imagine if chants break out in the Pepsi Center of 'Clinton, Clinton' when she speaks, the instructions from the Obama folks will be to relax, join in, be part of a group catharsis and certainly not drown out the Clinton voices," writes the Chicago Sun-Times Lynn Sweet (who reported on the delegate release plan a week ago).
Fueling the angst: That would be 47-47 in the first post-Biden poll, from CNN.
Monday night is supposed to belong to Michelle -- and she'll be in prime time to make sure that happens: "Her solo appearance tonight will be her first address to a broad audience of voters and it's a chance for her to help frame her husband's biography," Bloomberg's Julianna Goldman and Catherine Dodge write. "The prime-time speech will be a family affair. Marian Robinson, Michelle's mother, will narrate a video about the next potential first family, and Michelle will be introduced by her brother, Craig, head basketball coach at Oregon State University in Corvallis."
"Obama plans on focusing on her family, according to her spokesperson," ABC's Kate Snow reports. "She will share the story of their lives and their values. It is an important message for the Obama campaign, as they use the Democratic convention to answer any lingering questions as to who Barack Obama really is."
Per the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll: "Conservatives and Republicans will be eyeing Michelle Obama with some skepticism when she addresses the Democratic National Convention on Monday evening -- more than liberals and Democrats express about Cindy McCain. But both are reasonably popular, with substantial numbers of Americans waiting to learn more," ABC Polling Director Gary Langer writes.