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"As frustrated Democrats converged on Denver yesterday, some began chanting 'caucus fraud,' while others shouted the word 'sweetie,' a reference to the time Obama called a female reporter by the same name," ABC's Jake Tapper writes. "One Clinton supporter who spoke to ABC News said Obama couldn't be trusted. Another said, 'He's shifty and untrustworthy.' It was assuredly not the kind of message Obama and his diligently image-conscious team were counting on at the Democratic National Convention."

"A coalition of anti-Obama Clinton supporters, clad in 'Clinton,' 'McCain,' and 'Nobama' buttons, marched down the 16th Street Mall at midday and held a protest and candlelight vigil in a Denver park," The Boston Globe's Lisa Wangsness reports. "Even Clinton's most fervent supporters said they held little hope of an insurrection on the floor tomorrow, but there remains an obvious and unusual level of discomfort among delegates, who are the party's most active and committed members."

"It's the political equivalent of re-arranging the chairs on the deck of the Titanic," Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild, perhaps the most outspoken anti-Obama "Hillraiser," tells Sridhar Pappu of the Washington Independent. "I think his ego is sooooo out of proportion -- so he could not admit he needed her so. I never thought he would do it."

There's a pretty big speech to deliver Tuesday -- and another Wednesday. "The Clintons' speeches hadn't yet been submitted to the Obama convention managers as of late yesterday, though Clinton aides said they're staying in touch with the campaign," Bloomberg's Kristin Jensen reports. "Obama said he told the former president 'you can say whatever you like.' "

Really, anything? "The Obama campaign is aware that Mark Penn is advising Bill Clinton on the speech," The Atlantic's Marc Ambinder reports. "Obama's campaign doesn't like Mark Penn." (Cannot imagine why.)

Now it's McCain who is setting the clock for 3 am. And he lets Clinton answer in a new TV ad: "I know Senator McCain has a lifetime of experience that he will bring to the White House. And, Senator Obama has a speech he gave in 2002."

The RNC's independent expenditure arm is using the same clip, adding: "Barack Obama. He gives a great speech. But Americans must ask ourselves: should we elect the most inexperienced presidential candidate of our times? Or was she right?"

Can the Obama folks get this out of the way already? "Tuesday, Clinton will be the issue, but by Thursday, Obama's speech will be controlling the news coverage," Slate's John Dickerson writes. "Instead of today's talk about the votes he may have lost, the focus Thursday will be on the tens of thousands of new voters he brought into a football stadium."

On tap Tuesday: "Renewing America's Promise."

Your friendly neighborhood renewers (on top of Sen. Clinton): Speakers include Gov. Deval Patrick, D-Mass.; Gov. Brian Schweitzer, D-Mont.; Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, D-Kan.; Gov. Ed Rendell, D-Pa.; Gov. Janet Napolitano, D-Ariz.; Rep. Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill.; Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio; and keynoter (don't forget about him!) Virginia Senate candidate/former governor Mark Warner.

Night One in Denver was crisp and emotional -- with Sen. Ted Kennedy ignoring the stool and maintaining his powerful voice, and Michelle Obama charged with filling out the biography that will matter so much. (But did prime time really have to start with former Rep. Jim Leach, R-Iowa? We know -- THE Jim Leach?)

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