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Starting Gate: A Bitter End

Summer's here but the primary campaign continues to roll on – barely. The DNC Rules and Bylaws committee will meet this Saturday to at least begin the process of resolving the in-limbo delegations of Florida and Michigan. Puerto Rico votes on Sunday and in one week, South Dakota and Montana will complete the Democratic primary process.

But the campaign obits continue to roll in for Hillary Clinton's once-inevitable effort. The Washington Post speculated on Clinton's eventual return to the Senate full-time, following a similar story by the New York Times. And the AP is asking readers to imagine what life without a Clinton involved in presidential politics will be like.

Any slim hopes of convincing those all-important superdelegates to somehow come around and boost her to the nomination may have vanished in the flap over Clinton's reference to the assassination of Robert Kennedy, something she quickly apologized for.

Even Clinton, who vows to continue her campaign through to the end is displaying some signs of fatalism. As CBS News' Fernando Suarez reported yesterday, the candidate treated her entourage traveling with her in Puerto Rico to a "last supper" of sorts.

Clinton continues to push back aggressively against the idea that she should exit the race. "People have been trying to push me out of this ever since Iowa," she said, exhibiting a bit of bitterness. If true, they won't have to wait much longer to get their wish.

Around The Track

  • John McCain wants to tour Iraq with Barack Obama and said the Democratic front-runner has "has wanted to surrender for a long time."
  • President Bush will join McCain in Arizona today for a private fund-raiser.
  • Obama said again that he won't necessarily meet with Iranian President with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad if elected.
  • A McCain-Obama matchup could mean a vigorous contest for Western states, which is one reason both candidates spent their holiday in New Mexico.
  • Former Republican congressman Bob Barr won the Libertarian nomination on the sixth ballot at the party's nominating convention.
  • Former President Carter told Sky News that he believes Clinton will be out of the race after the primaries end on June 3rd. "I think at that point it will be time for her to give it up," he said.
  • In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, Senator Tom Coburn says the GOP is in "denial" about its future: "Many Republicans are waiting for a consultant or party elder to come down from the mountain and, in Moses-like fashion, deliver an agenda and talking points on stone tablets. But the burning bush, so to speak, is delivering a blindingly simple message: Behave like Republicans."