“I just think that D-Day is Tuesday,” said the former presidential candidate, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson. D-Day for Hillary, that is. Texas, Ohio, Rhode Island and Vermont hold primary contests on Tuesday, and the Clinton campaign, trailing in the delegates needed for nomination and having lost 11 straight contests, has said the New York senator needs to win either Texas or Ohio. And some Democrats (notably Obama supporters) are joining Richardson in calling for Hillary to step down if she can’t produce a clear victory in Texas or Ohio. But that may be jumping the gun a little. Especially since the polls for the Tuesday primaries are neck and neck. The fat lady, or any other lady for that matter, isn’t piping up just yet.

Hillary should be proud: It has been a strange and remarkable journey, from her early status as the favorite for the prize to this moment of desperate necessity. But as I look back on it, Hillary Clinton has performed impressively. She has nothing to apologize for in her own campaigning, and much of which she can be proud. — David Broder, The Washington Post

Obama Messiah watch, part 10: Is Barack Obama the rod out of the stem of Jesse? To answer this question, Slate has periodically gathered gratuitously adoring material from newspaper, television, and magazine profiles of the U.S. senator from Illinois, best-selling author, Harvard Law Review president, Men’s Vogue cover model, two-time Grammy winner, efficient note-taker, physics wunderkind, descendent of George Washington’s great-great-great-great-great grandfather, teenage jazz enthusiast, possible telepathic communicator with space aliens from distant galaxies, improvement on all civil rights gains since 1957, calmer of turbulent Iownas, and front-running candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination. — Slate

McCain cloning Hillary: Before they were sidetracked into a new war against The New York Times, the Rush Limbaugh posse had it right about John McCain. He is a double agent. Some Democrats do admire and like him. So does Jon Stewart, and so do many liberal editorial boards and card-carrying hacks in the mainstream American press. So, in fact, do many at The Times, including myself. As long as I don’t look too hard at the fine print. — Frank Rich, The New York Times

An illuminating graph — the Clintons will win Ohio:

 — The Daily Dish

  Kerry slams fear ad: Sen. John Kerry was on CNN’s Late Edition today with Wolf Blitzer where he demonstrated his familiarity with the talking points out of Sen. Barack Obama’s campaign. Prodded by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Kerry, an Obama supporter, took after Sen. Hillary Clinton for her TV ad which shows sleeping children and asks voters: who would they want to see answering an emergency phone call coming into the White House at 3 am? — The Swamp  McCain is right on Iraq: Iraq is not Iceland, Germany or South Korea — something McCain has acknowledged. But just as each war is different in its own way, all wars have some fundamental similarities. One of them is that the victorious nation is never able simply to pull up stakes and leave. Even unqualified successes — such as the reconstructions of Germany, Japan and South Korea — often require a commitment of forces for generations. There has never been any reason to believe Iraq would be different.– The Philadelphia Inquirer What would Reagan do?: Among Republicans the yearning for a new Reagan to blot out memories of the Bush era is palpable. First Fred Thompson was supposed to be the next movie star who could restore good, old-fashioned conservative values. Then Mitt Romney depicted himself as the true Reaganite. Now John McCain, who calls himself a member of the “school of Ronald Reagan,” is trying to reassure conservatives that he is the genuine article. — Jacob Heilbrunn, The New York Times

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