Bill Richardson: Stop fence stilling and put this thing to bed.

NY Times:

PORTLAND, Ore. — Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico delivered a forceful endorsement of Senator Barack Obama for president on Friday, urging Democrats to unite behind his candidacy to move the nation beyond its racial and partisan divide.

Hillary has no intention of getting out of this race until the convention. Her camp will continue to spin and stay in until such time as the party is torn apart, demoralized and Obama is sufficiently damaged. That doesn’t seem to me to be a very effective strategy to win the general, in fact that seems like a wet dream for the McCain camp. Even the Hillary camp in their private moments admits they have almost no chance of winning:

One important Clinton adviser estimated to Politico privately that she has no more than a 10 percent chance of winning her race against Barack Obama, an appraisal that was echoed by other operatives.

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But even some of Clinton’s own advisers now concede that she cannot win unless Obama is hit by a political meteor. Something that merely undermines him won’t be enough. It would have to be some development that essentially disqualifies him.

The people who can put this thing away are the super delegates. In fact that’s their job: Do what’s best for the party. I don’t know what the heavy hitters like Al Gore and John Edwards think they are gaining by sitting on their collective asses and watching the world go by, whatever it is, it’s not helping put a Democrat in the White House.

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