Clinton Effectively Drops Out

Just received from the Clinton campaign:

Senator Clinton will be hosting an event in Washington, DC to thank her supporters and express her support for Senator Obama and party unity. This event will be held on Saturday to accommodate more of Senator Clinton’s supporters who want to attend.

More details from the AP:

On the telephone call with impatient House supporters, Clinton was urged to draw a close to the contentious campaign, or at least express support for Obama. Her decision to acquiesce caught many in the campaign by surprise and left the campaign scrambling to finalize the logistics and specifics behind her campaign departure.

How anyone could be surprised by her conceding at this point is beyond me.

Update: The Obama campaign says it is open to paying off some of Clinton’s campaign debt. “Obviously we want to help each other,” says Obama surrogate Tom Daschle.