"Fifty-one percent of registered voters express a favorable opinion of Michelle Obama in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, while 30 percent view her unfavorably; the rest, 19 percent, haven't formed an opinion. For Cindy McCain, it's 47 percent favorable, 20 percent unfavorable, with more, a third, yet to make a judgment."
"The goal for Michelle Obama during this week's Democratic convention is not all that different from her husband's: She has to seize the moment and define herself rather than let the caricature sketched by her critics settle in the mind of voters," Dahleen Glanton writes in the Chicago Tribune.
"Opening night at the Pepsi Center, the main venue for most of the four-day gathering, aims to tell the Illinois senator's personal story to the millions of voters nationwide who will begin tuning in to the contest to replace the unpopular Republican President Bush," the AP's Darlene Superville reports. "The stage Monday night belongs to this potential first lady for a prime-time speech meant to serve a dual purpose: humanize him and show up her critics before her largest audience yet."
Per ABC's Jake Tapper, here's another cut on Obama's family tree, courtesy of a new Web video from the Texas GOP: "Ask yourself this: If Obama cares so much about your family why doesn't he doesn't take care of his own family first. Barack Obama lives in this house . . . " (image of Obama's house) " . . . wants to live in this one . . . " (image of White House) " . . . while his own brother lives in this one." (image of Obama's half brother George.)
New from the Obama campaign Monday: A new ad, titled "Don't Know Much" -- featuring some McCain gems, set to music (very folksy version, too). Tagline: "Do we really want four more years of the same old tune?"
Things get underway in Denver at 5 pm ET (3 pm MT).
Among those we'll see on the podium: DNC Chairman Howard Dean, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Sen. Claire McCaskill, former President Jimmy Carter, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., former rep. Jim Leach (a Republican), Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg, and (maybe/probably) Sen. Ted Kennedy.
Teed up for prime time: Craig Robinson and Michelle Obama.
And Sen. Obama himself will address the convention live, from Kansas City.
Also Monday: Obama campaigns in Davenport, Iowa and Missouri.
Sen. Joe Biden arrives in Denver.
McCain holds a news conference in Phoenix, and appears on Leno Monday night.
Think he wanted it? "When the Obama campaign's vice-presidential vetters sought financial statements, political speeches and medical records, Sen. Biden's team turned the grueling task into an opportunity to sell their man," Monica Langley writes in The Wall Street Journal.
Think he really, really wanted it? "Team Biden also showed some sharp elbows against rivals for the No. 2 slot," Langley continues. "When news surfaced that the wife of another leading vice-presidential contender, Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh, made nearly $1 million a year on corporate boards, Biden backers quickly pointed out to friends and former colleagues in the Obama camp that Jill Biden made far less working as a teacher."