In a word, no. Not yet anyway.
I do not like the Clintons. I do not like Hillary Clinton and do not want her as my president. I do, however, respect that her supporters are many and of strong opinion. Just as am I. In thinking about this, I've taken a somewhat different view from those who feel prolonging this very close fight will hurt the party and the candidate who ultimately goes on to the general election.
They claim all the mudslinging is giving McCain all the fodder he needs. I'm not so sure. A lot of it is little more then petty bickering. A lot of it is less than accurate and in some sense sophomoric. All of it will be old news by the time the general rolls around. There is so much being revealed by the campaigns about the opposition voters are beginning to say, "Ho hum, old news. Get back to the issues."
It is also showing much more of both candidates than we voters usually get to see. On one side we see a scrappy, snippy and frenetically yapping pit bull. On the other side we have sleek elegance with an ethereal calm that projects a sense of firm control. The simplistic choice is style over substance.
We've also seen one has not been able to knock the other out of the race. Therein is the crux of the issue and why Hillary should stay in at least through Pennsylvania. She is expected to win but if the margin is narrow, her work in the following states will be more difficult. If Obama is a true front runner he needs to win the majority of the remaining states with healthy margins. It would be helpful to him if he could win where not expected but that is most likely wishful thinking on my part.
As for what McCain is doing in the meantime is pretty much under the radar. His reintroduction tour has told me more about his grandfather and father than himself. Not to diminish his service to the country, but sitting in the House and Senate for all these many years does not instill in me the confidence that he has Presidential skills. He has a fair amount of his own baggage. Older doesn't equate with more able.
So for now Hillary should stay in the ring. She compared herself with Rocky Balboa today - as a fighter, as tough. That she is.
A bloodied and beaten Rocky lost that fight.
Was the movie too long? No. Did you know what the outcome would be before the conclusion? Yes.
But then this isn't a movie and the end isn't scripted.