Hillary Clinton is bowing out and, yes, it's time. The votes are counted and she lost the Democratic primary. Barack Obama won.
The people who are mad at Clinton for not getting out earlier are really, really mad. This seems kind of strange to me. It's competition -- there is no "on' and "off" switch. Was it clear that Clinton blundered in key ways? Yup. Did the contest distract Democrats while John "Bushette" McCain traveled around looking presidential? Yup.
Did Clinton have an obligation to give up her race while there was even the slimmest chance that she would win? No. (Look out -- here comes a sports analogy.) Why is a baseball team expected to play til the last out, but a presidential candidate is expected to concede after the eighth inning?
Was she a sore loser? Yup to that, too. A little more grace on Tuesday would have been nice.
If the Dems can't get the factions together before November to defeat John McCain, though, that's not Clinton's fault -- it's just the Democrats being the Democrats. John McCain is entirely beatable. The integrity he demonstrated during his Vietnam captivity he quickly shed in order to win the Republican endorsement ("I was against tax cuts before I was for them").
My prediction: he will embrace the very types of slime meisters that did him in back in South Carolina in 2000. The issue of race will worm its way into the forefront of the campaign, in a shadowy, ugly, fear-mongering way. The ugliness won't be generated inside the McCain camp, but those snuggling right up close to it. And McCain won't chase them away.