Nothing is Over!

Dana Goldstein explains why Barack Obama won’t be able to just “declare victory” after tomorrow’s primaries. I think she’s right — by the math and on the merits, he’s entitled to do so, but the backlash against an explicit effort to force Clinton out before she’s prepared to concede would be too big. His best bet would be to continue his current strategy of campaigning against John McCain and let the handful of remaining primaries play out.

Of course on the merits it’s still true that Hillary Clinton’s best bet, both for the country and for her own reputation, would be to bow out with some grace rather than staying in through Puerto Rico & South Dakota and then trying some kind of stunt, but I guess that’s not going to happen.