The Note: Hillary Clinton Backs Obama in Speech, Now It's Bill's Turn

The Clinton drama does get one more turn on Wednesday: Here comes the roll call (will it be responsible for the cardinal convention sin: making news?). And here comes Bill.

It's Sen. Joe Biden's night, but: "The attention today will turn to Clinton's husband, former President Bill Clinton, who will speak to the convention," Bloomberg's Kristin Jensen and Catherine Dodge.

Catch him now, while you can: Per CNN's Candy Crowley, "Hillary Clinton will be on hand for Barack Obama's acceptance speech, but according to a source close to former President Bill Clinton, he will not."

(No slights here, insists Camp Clinton -- but surely they realize that circumstances are such that this is slightly different than Al Gore's or John Kerry's roll call. If they don't -- Mr. Drudge is taking care of that.)

Speaking of political tragedy: "Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's big speech on Thursday night will be delivered from an elaborate columned stage resembling a miniature Greek temple," per the Reuters write-up.

"Some 80,000 supporters will see Obama appear from between plywood columns painted off-white, reminiscent of Washington's Capitol building or even the White House, to accept the party's nomination for president. He will stride out to a raised platform to a podium that can be raised from beneath the floor."

And you thought the faux-presidential seal was bad? Asked to respond to the report, a McCain staffer quipped to ABC News: "Is this from the Onion?"

There are plenty of those who still can't accept that it's not happening for Sen. Clinton in 2008: "When Clinton stepped off the stage and the standing ovation faded into silence, many of her supporters were left with a sobering realization: Even a tremendous speech couldn't erase their frustrations," Eli Saslow writes in The Washington Post.

"Clinton's performance fell far short of the panacea the Democratic Party had desperately hoped for, delegates said. Some worried that, after Clinton's public withdrawal, more voters might defect for Republican John McCain or simply stay home," he writes.

(And yes, this button made it on to the convention floor: "Obamination Scares the Hell Out of Me.")

This won't go over well with this crowd: "Under a deal between the two camps, only some delegates will get the opportunity to cast a historic vote for either a woman or a black man before the split decision will be cut off in favor of unanimous consent for Obama," the AP's Nedra Pickler reports. "Many details were unclear -- which states would get a chance to vote, whether Clinton herself would cut it off in acclamation for Obama and if floor demonstrations would be tolerated."

"Possibilities include allowing only Illinois and New York to vote from the floor, holding a roll call only until Obama secures enough votes to win the nomination, or having a full roll call," Allison Sherry reports in The Denver Post. "Several vocal pledged Clinton delegates feel strongly they both need to stay true to the people who voted for them."

The Hillary whip team -- 40 strong on the convention floor -- stands ready to fan out, per ABC's Kate Snow.

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