CLINTON: One of the more under-reported campaign tactics that appears to be successful has been the ability of Clinton supporters to paint Obama as less than pro-choice. The Washington Post notes some last minute fire Obama's coming under for his Illinois abortion voting record.
The New York Times' David Brooks revisits the Jim Cooper affair, from the health-care fight from the 1990s. "I'm not a Hillary-hater. She's been an outstanding senator. She hung tough on Iraq through the dark days of 2005. In this campaign, she has soldiered on bravely even though she has most of the elected Democrats, news media and the educated class rooting against her. But there are certain moments when her dark side emerges and threatens to undo the good she is trying to achieve. Her campaign tactics before the South Carolina primary were one such moment. Another, deeper in her past, involved Jim Cooper, a Democratic congressman from Tennessee."
The New York Post plays up the disputed tears: "For cryin' out loud! Hillary turns on the tears again."
The New York Daily News said she got "choked up in an episode remarkably similar to the emotional moment that propelled her to a win in New Hampshire."
But despite the tabloids' best efforts, the Boston Globe grounds us. "No, she didn't cry, despite early reports to the contrary. But she did show her compassionate side, and her wonky side."
Clinton was on Letterman last night. "'In my White House, we will know who wears the pantsuits,' the New York senator told the talk show host, who asked if former president Bill Clinton might return to the presidential mansion and 'be going through stuff.'"
The New York Daily News: "Bad blood between the Obamas and the Clintons seeped into public view Monday as Michelle Obama hesitated at first over whether she could support Hillary Clinton if she wins the Democratic nomination."
OBAMA: In the battle for superdelegates and key endorsements, has there been a bigger asset for Obama than Tom Daschle? Do the Clintons at all regret the relationship they didn't forge with him in the '90s and early '00s?
Is there such thing as too much celebrity help? "Oprah isn't the only one. Voters in many of the Super Tuesday states, particularly on college campuses, shouldn't be surprised to see celebrities such as Robert DeNiro, who appeared today with Obama at a New Jersey rally, Kerry Washington, Usher, Chris Rock, Brendan Routh, Kate Walsh, Kal Penn and Tate Donovan speaking on Obama's behalf. Voters in California are getting phone calls from Ed Norton and Alfre Woodard; caucus goers in Colorado might hear from Forest Whitaker. Enrique Marciano, who stars in USA's Without a Trace, is campaigning for Obama with Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano. Minnesotans might be shocked to see Scarlett Johansson knocking at their door."
Does Obama have a problem with gay Democrats? This story about whether he snubbed Gavin Newsom over same-sex marriage a few years ago has probably made the rounds on the internet in the gay activist community and the Clinton campaign has been counting on doing well with gay Democrats in places where they could win extra delegates. (That said, after Newsom's highly publicized sex scandal, we're not sure how many folks see him as a sympathetic figure.)
Even the nosebleed seats were filled at Obama's event in Hartford, CT yesterday, NBC/NJ's Aswini Anburajan notes. In a state where he isn't expected to win and where independents can't vote in party primaries, nearly every single seat in the XL Center in Hartford was taken, the audience clapping in unison to the music as Obama came out on stage. The event provided a stark contrast to an early morning event right outside New York City in New Jersey that lacked both people and energy. As Obama launched into his stump speech, his voice was quickly drowned out by the crowd, who catching onto a line of his stump speech began to chant with fervor, "We can't wait! We can't wait! We can't wait!" The campaign estimated that around 16,000 people were present at the event.