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"The deal would allow some states to cast votes for both Obama and Clinton before ending the roll call in acclamation for the Illinois senator," the AP's Nedra Pickler reports. "Clinton herself may cut off the vote and recommend unanimous nomination of Obama, according to Democratic officials involved in the negotiations."

She may get it, even if He does not: "An official familiar with conversations between the Obama and Clinton camps said Hillary Clinton fully realizes it would hurt her politically to be seen as anything other than 100 percent behind Obama. Bill Clinton 'is not as far along' in reconciling himself to his wife's loss, said the source," Pickler writes.

"Bill Clinton is not over it," writes Politico's John F. Harris. "His resentments from the bitter campaign battles of last winter and spring are many and diverse, and people who have spent time with him recently said they fester just below the surface."

Harris continues: "For the next two days, a convention that belongs to Obama will be dominated by the same two people who dominated the Democratic Party for the last generation and who have come to Denver in much different roles than they wanted. . . . But Obama, too, is part of the Denver psychodrama. Some Democrats with high-level ties to both the Clinton and Obama camps said they were surprised that Obama has not done more to make the Clintons more enthusiastic about his candidacy."

Very many Theys aren't looking for direction from anyone -- Bill and Hillary included: "Some Clinton delegates said they were not interested in a compromise, raising the prospect of floor demonstrations that would underscore the split between Obama and Clinton Democrats," per the AP's Scott Lindlaw. "I don't care what she says," said Mary Boergers, a Maryland delegate who wants to cast a vote for Clinton.

"It may take a while. We're not the fall-in-line party," Clinton told the New York delegation Monday.

You can argue they've had a while already -- though no amount of time might have changed this: "Clinton-watching has become the mesmerizing sideshow of the Democratic National Convention that will nominate Barack Obama," Susan Page writes for USA Today. "Their words, actions, even body language are being parsed for clues about how aggressively they'll help the rival who shattered their dreams of moving back into the White House."

"Sometimes dealing with the Clintons is like dealing with Brett Favre," says former Clinton chief of staff Leon Panetta.

But why is Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill., looking for the Clinton to have their "Pee Wee Reese" moment? "In interviews with delegates and aides to the rival camps, it was clear Monday that tensions have only swelled since the heat of a primary competition fraught with racial, gender and generational differences," Peter Wallsten and Peter Nicholas write in the Los Angeles Times.

"The question is, are the Clintons ready?" said L. Douglas Wilder, D-Va., the nation's first elected black governor.

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