Clinton concedes

As expected, Hillary Clinton bowed out of the presidential race today. She said: “I endorse [Barack Obama] and throw my full support behind him.” I was watching soccer when she spoke, and thus cannot comment on her tone and body language. Just how vigorously Clinton will campaign for Obama remains to be seen.

Chris Cillizza’s report suggests that, like most defeated candidates, Clinton invested her campaign with a significance and heroic quality it doesn’t quite deserve. While Clinton talked about a glass ceiling, the reality is that initiallly the race was hers to win. If there are identity barriers associated with obtaining the Democratic nomination for president, the one Obama faced is at least as formidable as the one Clinton complains about.

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