In California, it's 9:50 PM. Indiana is still being counted, and Obama has closed the gap with Clinton in that primary. Clinton is out of money, in debt. And as she said in her speech, it is time for Democrats to work together.
She cannot win the nomination at this point. Obama looks to be the Democratic nominee. At this moment, we have a real opportunity to come together in ways the Liberals, Progressives, and Democrats rarely are able to do. The 2008 election is, without doubt, the most important election in recent history. We cannot survive another Republican administration at this time. We cannot, not morally, not financially, not emotionally, not spiritually. But if, as we usually do, we break ranks and argue or sit on our hands because "Obama isn't experienced enough" or "Obama is too elitist" or "Obama is (you fill in the blank)" - then we effectively allow John McCain to walk into the White House.
Republicans fall into lock step when it comes time to vote. We do not. We write in candidates. We vote for fringe candidates. We Stand On Principal just to make a point and then we wind up with all kinds of disasters. When Hubert Humphrey was the Democratic Nominee against Nixon, my brother wrote in Donald Duck. He was not alone in his "protest" vote, and the end result was Richard Nixon. His "gesture" was irresponsible.
We must move forward. And successful politics is very much about forming coalitions and making workable compromises. Compromises are not inherently bad; they are not "selling out." Compromises are about finding a common ground and moving forward. Please, please: let us move forward.