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

Yet this only keeps the die-hards in limbo: "In a half-dozen appearances since arriving here Sunday, Sen. Clinton has assiduously made the case for Sen. Obama," Amy Chozick and Laura Meckler write in The Wall Street Journal. "But she also has continued to allude to her triumphs in many primaries, and her argument back then that the nomination was rightfully hers. By her math -- including tallying all votes from Michigan, where the contest broke party rules and Sen. Obama skipped it -- she won the most votes."

As for those around her: The Clinton crowd "expressed doubts about the efficacy of Obama's campaign against an onslaught of Republican ads challenging his experience and leadership skills," Washingtonpost.com's Chris Cillizza reports.

Said Gov. Ed Rendell, D-Pa., to The Washington Post: "You ask him a question, and he gives you a six-minute answer. . . . He is a little like Adlai Stevenson."

Said Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.: "The only thing they're going to do is, in old Brooklyn terms, rabbit-punch every day, and Obama has to show the American people that he can rabbit-punch, that he can be in that street fight."

Echoes of the Carville critique: "I think every night we should be doing this" -- as in taking the fight to McCain, former Clinton campaign chairman Terry McAuliffe said on ABC NewsNOW.

Asked if Obama can "float above" the attacks and leave the dirty work to his running mate and surrogates, McAuliffe said no: "I hope he doesn't feel he's that kind of person because the Republicans will have no illusions about using his name and distorting his reputation every single day."

Paul Begala even piled on Obama's choice as keynoter, former Gov. Mark Warner, D-Va.: "This isn't the Richmond Chamber of Commerce," he said.

Some people speak with dollars: "A significant number of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's top fund-raisers remain on the sidelines and unwilling to work for Senator Barack Obama, a nettlesome problem that appears to be contributing to the campaign's failure to keep pace with ambitious fund-raising goals it set for the general election," Michael Luo and Griff Palmer write in The New York Times. "Many major Clinton fund-raisers skipped the convention; others are leaving Wednesday, before Mr. Obama's speech."

Missing from Clinton's speech Tuesday: The personal end of things, the direct validation, the lines about how she's seen Obama in action and knows how great he can be. But maybe that wouldn't have been genuine -- and there's time for that still.

"The 25-minute speech focused on policy and warned of the risks of four more years of GOP rule, and she mentioned Obama's name more than a dozen times," USA Today's Susan Page writes. "But Clinton didn't talk about Obama in personal terms. She didn't address criticisms she made during the primaries that he lacked the experience to handle the demands of the presidency."

"Nobody could accuse her of going overboard, but she said the right things," Politico's Roger Simon writes. "But between now and November, Hillary Clinton can go out and work to heal the wounds or sit back and keep them open. The choice is hers, and it will determine her future."

Dana Milbank: "The delegates raised signs announcing 'Unity.' That may be a wee bit premature. While the woman in orange spoke in soothing hues of blue and green Tuesday night, many of her supporters continue to see red."

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