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

And what is the country not seeing because it's seeing so much Clinton? "As for how Obama would tackle the voters' top concern, the nation's slumping economy, the convention has barely made a mark. And that has even some Obama backers fretting," Doyle McManus and Robin Abcarian write in the Los Angeles Times.

"Modern presidential conventions are mostly political circus, but for Senator Barack Obama, the question is whether the theatrics and drama of this one are overwhelming one of his most important tasks here: connecting with the economic anxiety gripping voters and convincing them that he has concrete and achievable solutions," Jackie Calmes writes in The New York Times.

That explains this turn: "The single most important thing I have to make clear is the choice we have in November between the same failed policy of the last eight years for the middle class and the new agenda to boost income for Americans and help families who are struggling," Obama said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal's Monica Langley. "I will make that contrast very clearly."

As for the speech: "In addition to laying out his plans and providing some inspiring oratory -- though not as much as in 2004, aides cautioned -- one of the goals of the speech is to argue that Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is no maverick, but rather, someone who represents a doubling-down of the current policies of President George W. Bush," ABC's Jake Tapper reports.

Trying out a new theme: "Over the last eight years, you've been falling behind," Obama said Tuesday in Kansas City. "That's the track record, those are the facts. And John McCain is not promising to do anything different than George Bush did."

Settling on an old theme: "A two-headed creature is stalking the Democratic convention, getting kicked and pummeled at every turn," the AP's Charles Babington writes. " 'Bush-McCain' is not a political ticket, but a hyphenated target that Democrats have invented from necessity."

Obama's homage to those who have come before him: "Obama's campaign, staffed by veterans and close observers of past Democratic efforts, has focused on avoiding many of the pitfalls of campaigns past -- the internal dramas, the charges of inauthenticity and the dramatic promises that masked organizational chaos," Politico's Ben Smith writes.

Aside from Bill Clinton, there's that other featured speaker Wednesday: "Biden is expected to help balance Obama's short political tenure with his lengthy one, while also helping to pad the presidential nominee's résumé with his knowledge of military affairs, diplomacy and international relations," Roll Call's Erin P. Billings and Tory Newmyer write.

The alphabetical roll call of the states is set to start shortly after the convention convenes at 5 pm ET (3 pm MT). Fifteen minutes of nominating and seconding speeches per candidate, and then we're off.

Wednesday's convention theme: "Securing America's Future."

Aside from Biden and President Clinton, also speaking Wednesday: Chicago Mayor Richard Daley; Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev.; Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind.; Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I.; former Sen. Tom Daschle, D-S.D.; Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass.; Gov. Bill Richardson, D-N.M.; Rep. Chet Edwards, D-Texas; Iraq war veteran Tammy Duckworth.

Obama has a morning event Wednesday in Billings, Mont., focusing on national security, before flying to Denver to overnight in the mountain air before his big night.

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