MORNING READ

Now that Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) has withdrawn his name from veep consideration, Barack Obama will likely look at former Sen. Sam Nunn (D-Ga.) and Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius (D), according to bloggers. Conservatives, who have heaped fulsome praise upon late Sen. Jesse Helms (R-N.C.), should be condemning the racist aspects of his legacy, a conservative and a liberal blogger both write. Democrats running for the House, who continue to fare well in polls, are taking a heavy-handed strategy in the primaries that Republicans could learn from, one conservative blogger writes.

Obama will now either turn to an elder statesman like Nunn or someone who reinforces his message of change and bi-partisanship like Sebelius, writes MyDD's Todd Beeton. Webb joins other "A-List" Democrats Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland and Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell in not wanting to be considered for the second slot on the ticket, notes RedState's Moe Lane. Nunn, a national security expert from the South, would be a great pick for Obama and for headline writers, who would find "Nunn" of the other names better, writes The Plank's Christopher Orr. As for John McCain's running mate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) is the only prospect who could fit the three different categories of picks -- media types, conservatives and "McCain insiders" -- according to Townhall's Matt Lewis.

Conservatives' passion for Helms's stand for "political incorrectness" would be better directed against the way he opposed the civil rights agenda, writes The Plank's Isaac Chotiner. It's troubling that some Helms's supporters are willing to gloss over the racist aspects of his past since other conservatives have been willing to condemn the racism of the John Birch Society and other figures on the right, according to The Next Right's Jon Henke.

House Republicans could learn from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's willingness to endorse candidates in primaries to boost them in the general election, according to The Next Right's Patrick Ruffini, who links to The Hill's story about the strategy. Polls show Democrats virtually tied against Reps. Lincoln and Mario Diaz-Balart, the Republican brothers in South Florida who have handily won their past races, TPM Election Central's Eric Kleefeld notes.

FROM THE BLOGS:
Webb Withdraws From VP Consideration - T. Beeton, MyDD
Scratch Webb From VP List - Moe Lane, RedState
Webb Exits VP Lottery - Ed Morrissey, Hot Air
GOP Opponent Claims Credit for Webb's Bill - SusanG, Daily Kos
Nunn Better - Christopher Orr, The Plank
Three GOP VP Lists - Matt Lewis, Townhall.com
Helms, the Right, and the History of Racism - I. Chotiner, The Plank
Racism and the Right - Jon Henke, The Next Right
A Clintonian at Fox - Jim Rutenberg, The Caucus
Anti-Theist Left Knows It's Not Real - Jeff Emanuel, RedState
Sanitizing Obama's Past - Carol Platt Liebau, Townhall.com
Wheel of Fortune: BMW Direct Responds - David Kurtz, TPM
Surge Amnesia - A. Huffington, The Huffington Post
Polls Show Close Races for Reps. Diaz-Balart - Eric Kleefeld, TPM EC
DCCC Plays in Primaries - Patrick Ruffini, The Next Right

OTHER NEWS SOURCES:
Adding Up The Cost of Obama's Agenda - L.A. Times
McCain Says He Would Balance Budget By 2013 - Washington Post
Internal Politics Heat Up McCain Campaign - New York Times
Party Scrambles to Meet Obama's Call for Change - The Hill