Drop out before March 4th.
Show the graciousness revealed last night and step aside to let history run its course. Don’t risk a humiliating loss in Texas; it would be an unfitting denouement to a year-long campaign.
An exit would be admirable, leaving voters with a favorable impression after a heated primary season that threatened to sunder the party. Set the party ahead of personal ambition, maintain the goodwill the Clinton brand harbors among loyal Democrats.
Your political prospects are bright in the Senate, a deliberative arena suited for your wonky nature and personal charm. Become the next Ted Kennedy – hammer out landmark legislation on the key issues. Perhaps the door will open for a presidential run in 2012 or 2016.
But most importantly, learn from the experience. The two finest moments in your presidential campaign came when you showed emotion, leading the public past the steely facade and into your interior. Connect with people, and the bond will prove powerful.
And fire Mark Penn.