There comes a time in most baseball seasons when despite the fact that, mathematically, your team is still in it, you come to the slow numbing conclusion that it's just not going to happen this year. Sure the whole month of September is still left, but you trail the Yankees by 6 games, and you just split the four game series at Fenway, your biggest chance this month to get back in it. Derek Lowe just went on the DL, and Brian Daubach isn't hitting like he was in April. Despite all the hopes and expectations, the visions you had of trotting out Pedro once again in the playoffs, you get the feeling that it's just not going to happen this year.
Well, if I were a Clinton booster, this is exactly how I would feel tonight. Sure you have West Virginia and Kentucky left (6 games with the old time Devil Rays), but Obama still has Montana and Oregon (six games with Baltimore). And as for tonight, it was the chance to drive a serious blow to the Obama campaign. Jon outlined the scenarios by which Clinton could do this. It didn't happen, if anything Obama may have beaten expectations, with independents going for Obama in Indiana; Obama coming very close to victory (the networks still haven't called it as this is being written) in Indiana; and Obama getting a large victory in North Carolina.
I have never called for Hillary Clinton to drop out, and I won't now. But, for the first time since those heady, irrational days between Iowa and New Hampshire, I feel like we're at the end.