The Beginning of the End

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Even though Clinton squeaked through with the popular vote tonight in Indiana, the fat lady has begun her aria. Clinton doesn't have any rabbits left in the hat.

There are no meta states left. Pennsylvania or Indiana could be made to represent more than their voters. They could be spun as the heartland -- Mainstreet America -- having second thoughts about the exotic Obama.

But the pundit class -- which is the only thing that's keeping the Clinton campaign afloat amid the leaden math -- aren't going to buy that when it comes to West Virginia and Kentucky. Puerto Rico isn't a game changer either.

And Oregon, Montana, and South Dakota -- they're Obama country.

Clinton really needed to pull the rug out from Obama in North Carolina to keep this deal alive. Instead he fought her to a draw in Indiana. And it seems. At last. She's done.

She'll get one last confetti moment in West Virginia. But that should also be the night Obama takes the overall pledged delegate prize, and with, it a ticket to Denver.