Rangel told ABC's Kate Snow: "Unless she has some good reasons -- which I can't think of -- I really think we ought to get on with endorsements [of Obama] and dealing with what we have to deal with . . . so we can move forward."
And Obama's imprint is already being felt on the party: Per ABC's George Stephanopoulos, the Democratic National Committee will no longer accept contributions from federal lobbyists and PACs, in keeping with Obama's well-publicized policy.
Yet the Clintons remain outsized presences in the race -- and will be even after this odd three-day period where everyone knows what's going to happen but the event itself has yet to take place.
"Her initial reluctance to back Obama and the continuing mystery over how exactly she will end her historic campaign had party faithful asking today: What is she waiting for, and what does she want?" Scott Helman writes in The Boston Globe. "The New York senator has yet to publicly acknowledge that Obama beat her for the nomination, leaving some of his supporters -- and even some of hers -- perplexed and disappointed."
(More than a few Democrats point out that both President Bush and Condoleezza Rice beat Clinton to congratulating Obama on winning the nomination.)
She has important options yet: "She could, for example, release her more than 1,900 delegates to Obama and be through as a presidential candidate. Or she could suspend her candidacy and keep control of her delegates, maintaining her political leverage until the Democratic National Convention in August," Peter Nicholas and Mark Z.Barabak report in the Los Angeles Times.
"She will continue to pursue the possibility of being Obama's vice presidential running mate, people close to her said, and is expected to keep 1,922 delegates after garnering the support of a record-breaking 18 million voters," Newsday's Glenn Thrush reports.
Not everyone's dreaming, and Obama wouldn't need this three-person vice-presidential committee -- Caroline Kennedy, Eric Holder, and Jim Johnson -- if the pick was made for him. It's time to start dropping names -- and Obama is under no particular rush, except that being applied by Clinton allies who want her name on a bumper sticker already.
"I think it's very important for me to meet with her and talk to her about how we move this party forward," Obama told ABC's Charlie Gibson Wednesday. "My main goal is to make sure that the party is unified."
That doesn't necessarily mean a unity ticket.
"Close advisers to Sen. Obama are signaling that an Obama-Clinton ticket is highly unlikely," Jackie Calmes writes in The Wall Street Journal."Some in the Clinton camp also noted a possible deal-breaker for a party-unity ticket: Bill Clinton may balk at releasing records of his business dealings and big donors to his presidential library. . . . A former president's global travels for his humanitarian foundation, speeches here and abroad for which he has received up to a quarter-million dollars, financial deals and everyday utterances could pose 'a whole host' of conflicts with the policies of an Obama administration, Democrats on both sides say."
Former President Jimmy Carter is in the nightmare camp: "I think it would be the worst mistake that could be made,"Carter told The Guardian's Jonathan Freedland. "That would just accumulate the negative aspects of both candidates."