Does any Democrat have the gravitas to show Hillary Clinton the exit? Syndicated columnist Robert Novak of the Chicago Sun-Times speculates about the campaign's denouement, saying the ex-first lady's continued presence is hurting Barack Obama’s chances against John McCain in the general election. "Clinton's burden is not only Obama's charisma but also McCain's resurrection," Novak argues.
The candidate doesn’t appear to get the message, Novak contends, ticking off the ways her campaign has tried—and failed—to hold back the Obama tide. The danger that she'll mount a resurgence and tie up the primary season for months is gone, Novak writes, but looking ahead to March 4, he wonders, "If she ekes out a win in Ohio while losing Texas, who then will bell Hillary?"