Hillary “Deathwatch” Odds at 9.9 Percent

As we’ve noted here before, Hillary Clinton must convincevoters—well, superdelegates actually—of two things: not only that she’sthe best candidate, but that she’s so the best candidate thatit’s worth dragging this election out at least until June 3, the day ofthe last primary. That’s why the endorsement of Obama by Robert Reich ,a longtime Clinton family friend and labor secretary in Bill’sadministration, is pretty bad news for her. Even if most people don’tgive a damn who Reich personally favors for president, this kind of Bill Richardson-style betrayal reminds us that the establishment is slouching toward Obama. That, along with reports that superdelegates are unmoved by her attacks , forces us to dock Clinton 0.8 points, bringing her to 9.9 percent going into the weekend.

Clinton still knows how to slap on a smile, though. Her cameo on The Colbert Report last night went over well, as she pretended to help Stephen fix thevideo system. (“Try toggling the input.”) The senator was outshined,however, by a scene-stealing John Edwards , whose six-minute delivery of “the EdWORDs” almost made you wish he was still in the race.

Read more at the Hillary Deathwatch .