Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton will endorse Senator Barack Obama on Saturday, bringing a close to her 17-month campaign for the White House, aides said. Her decision came after Democrats urged her Wednesday to leave the race and allow the party to coalesce around Mr. Obama.
Howard Wolfson, one of Mrs. Clinton’s chief strategists, and other aides said she would express support for Mr. Obama and party unity at an event in Washington that day. One adviser said Mrs. Clinton would concede defeat, congratulate Mr. Obama and proclaim him the party’s nominee, while pledging to do what was needed to assure his victory in November….
Mrs. Clinton’s decision to suspend her campaign, which was first reported by ABC News, was a bow to the emerging political reality. No one in her campaign – including by all reports Mrs. Clinton herself – saw a viable road to the nomination. A suspension of the campaign allows her to continue raising money and pay off millions of dollars in debt.
So there it is. Congratulations all around — to both the Clinton and the Obama campaigns. VP speculation can wait — Obama has announced his three-member VP search committee (Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg will head it; the other two are Jim Johnson and Eric Holder), and there is no indication that they will do anything any time soon. Smart move to take it slow.
Meanwhile, there is much to be done before November, and it can begin in earnest right now.