That argues for an early exit, Huffington Post's Tom Edsall writes. "One of the most inviting is the near certainty that the Obama campaign would agree to pay back the $11.4 million she has loaned her own bid, along with an estimated $10 million to $15 million in unpaid campaign expenses." And: "If she loses -- as appears increasingly likely -- her stature in the Senate will depend, in part, on whether she is ultimately seen as helping or hurting Obama's chances in November."
Obamaland may not be on the attack rhetorically, but watch for poaching: "The Obama camp has begun recruiting Clinton loyalists to take positions with his team across the country," Ken Bazinet reports in the New York Daily News. "Looking to expand staff as Barack Obama moves more securely to land the Democratic presidential nomination, Team Barack has begun talks with veterans of the Clinton White House and other campaigns. The Obama camp is hoping to recruit field organizers, finance officials and press officers, a campaign source confirmed."
If she goes on, it can't be on the attack. "The voice she is listening to now is the one inside her head," Time's Karen Tumulty writes in a piece explaining what went wrong. "Clinton's calculation is as much about history as it is about politics. As the first woman to have come this far, Clinton has told those close to her, she wants people who invested their hopes in her to see that she has given it her best."
What's another month between friends -- or, for that matter, rivals? "A scenario that emerged after talking to several Democrats involved in the Obama and Clinton campaigns is this: Clinton stays in until the June 3 last primaries in South Dakota and Montana, contingent on her winning some of the remaining contests along the way," Lynn Sweet writes in the Chicago Sun-Times.
"That's enough time for any image repair, more fund-raising and to make her summary speeches," Sweet continues. "That would preserve her legacy and keep her future options intact. But that also means that Clinton and Obama cut out nasty campaigning, which I think they want to do because it serves them both to end on a high note."
The Atlantic's Marc Ambinder raises another possible scenario: "Two campaign advisers said that they believe Clinton should stay in the race through May 20 so she can depart the race in the glow of a solid victory in Kentucky."
Now, for Obama, it's Hillary who?
"Barack Obama hasn't managed after months of political combat to force Hillary Rodham Clinton out of the presidential race, so he's about to try another approach: ignoring her," Peter Nicholas writes in the Los Angeles Times. "Confident that he has built a near-impregnable lead, his campaign aides said Wednesday that Obama would begin shifting his focus toward the general election."
ABC's David Wright reported on "World News" Wednesday that Obama plans to start campaigning soon in general-election states that have already voted -- even though those states have already voted in the primaries.
"Obama is expected to continue pressing the message of party unity that he rolled out Tuesday in Raleigh, N.C., while increasingly turning his attention to presumptive Republican nominee Sen. John McCain and gearing his travel schedule toward general election states," Politico's Carrie Bodoff Brown and Ben Smith write.