The Note: Camelot in the Mountains

How it went down: "He insisted on the utmost secrecy; he paid the losers the courtesy of essentially telling them 'no' to their faces -- not an easy thing to do. And he swallowed his considerable pride and all but confessed his lack of knowledge of foreign affairs by selecting as his running mate the Senate's senior Democratic leader on that topic," Newsweek's Howard Fineman writes. "In short, Obama behaved like a grownup."

More Hillary pushback, per Fineman: "I talked two months ago to one of her closest legal advisors, who told me that she didn't really WANT to be considered for the number two job--in no small measure because the process would have required Obama's lawyers to comb through her husband's foundation and its murky sources of income. In that sense, Obama did her a favor by not really demanding to consider her. She would have had to say 'no.' "

Wind him up: "Obama advisers said they expected Mr. Biden to be a stronger and wilier point man for attacking the Republican ticket than John Edwards proved to be as the Democrats' vice-presidential nominee in 2004, or Joseph I. Lieberman was as the running mate in 2000," Patrick Healy writes in The New York Times. "A task for Mr. Biden, the advisers said, will be to doggedly portray the presumptive Republican nominee, Senator John McCain of Arizona, as a handmaiden for President Bush who would continue his policies."

The Denver Post editorial board was not impressed: "Barack Obama must think he brings enough excitement to his presidential ticket all by himself. His selection of Joe Biden as his running mate was hardly bold or inspiring for a campaign that, at its heart, is about change."

The softening continues: "During the years that Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr. was helping the credit card industry win passage of a law making it harder for consumers to file for bankruptcy protection, his son had a consulting agreement that lasted five years with one of the largest companies pushing for the changes, aides to Senator Barack Obama's presidential campaign acknowledged Sunday," Christopher Drew and Mike McIntire report in The New York Times.

"Sen. Barack Obama's choice of Sen. Biden as his running mate, cheered by Democrats because of Sen. Biden's foreign-policy expertise, is coming under fire from Republicans who are painting him as an old-style insider," Susan Schmidt and John R. Wilke write for The Wall Street Journal. "They cite his longstanding ties to trial lawyers and lobbyists and a taste for pork-barrel spending, which their likely presidential nominee, Sen. John McCain, has opposed."

Also in the news:

A clue? "We're going to be back here at this location next Friday," Gov. Tim Pawlenty said on a radio program, per Rachel E. Stassen-Berger of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press. Umm -- that would be the same Friday we're expecting a veepstakes announcement. Writes Stassen-Berger: "Asked afterward if that means he is not going to be in Dayton, Ohio, on Friday as Republican presidential candidate John McCain trots out his choice, Pawlenty demurred with his now-standard statement that he's not going to speculate on vice-presidential matters."

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