It is over.
Not because Obama had a strikingly weak debate performance, which he surely did: He again refused to strongly denounce Rev Wright. He stammered, wavered, and flopped on the crucial issue of support for Israel.
But these are merely killers in the General Election. As for the Dumocrat Primary, that ended Wednesday night at 8:15 p.m..
At that moment Hillary Clinton yielded to the frankly inevitable: with one answer she signaled surrendur to Brack Hussein Obama.
Clinton was asked the single question affording her the opportunity to make her essential - and only - case, i.e. the same one she has been making behind the scenes to super-deleates: "Obama is unelectable, cannot win."
Clinton was asked, directly: "Can Barack Obama win in November?"
Instead of arguing her case at this crucial moment, Clinton instead replied "Yes."
At that instant, the Clinton argument, the Clinton rationale, hence the Clinton candidacy ended.
It was inevitable, but I did not expect it to happen quite so soon, nor at Clinton's own - seemingly suddenly pacifist - hands.
IF CLINTON CANNOT - OR WILL NOT - ARGUE THE CASE THAT OBAMA IS UNELECTABLE, SHE HAS NO ARGUMENT, PERIOD.
Write it down: with that answer tonight, Hillary Clinton conceded defeat.
Did some big Democrat get to her? (i.e. "Do whatever you want tonight - but if you want any future in this party, Do NOT tear Obama apart.") I don't know.
But the "Obama is unelectable." horse Clinton has been privately riding for weeks wasn't in the stable.
And, as a result, this horse is officially no longer in the running.