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The pundits call for Clinton's surrender and the Wall Street Journal discusses her divorce -- with the Democratic Party. Plus: a look at medical marijuana.

• "When a woman does ascend through the glass ceiling into the White House, it will be, in part, because of the race of 2008, when Hillary Clinton broke through the glass floor and got down with the boys," author Susan Faludi declares in the New York Times.

• Meanwhile, Eugene Robinson quips that, "Clinton's sin isn't racism, it's arrogance. From the beginning, the Clinton campaign has refused to consider the possibility that" Barack Obama's "success was more than a fad."

 

• "The Democratic Party can't celebrate the triumph of" Obama "because the Democratic Party is busy having a breakdown," Peggy Noonan contends. "You could call it a breakdown over the issues of race and gender, but its real source is simply" Clinton. "Whose entire campaign at this point is about exploiting race and gender."

Paul Krugman also discusses the divides the Democratic primary has produced: "[T]he fight for the nomination has divided the party along class and race lines in a way that I believe is unprecedented, at least in modern times."

• "There's only one remaining chapter in this fascinating spectacle," Charles Krauthammer concludes: "Negotiating the terms of Hillary's surrender."

 

Scott Lehigh suggests to Clinton the best use of her campaign from here on out: "To keep her opportunities open, Clinton has to understand something zealous members of her sharp-elbowed team may not yet: Her real quest now is not for this year's nomination but rather for an option on the future. In the closing days, she needs to conduct her campaign with that in mind."

• In a letter addressed to her in the Christian Science Monitor, Emerson College journalism professor Jerry Lanson advises Clinton: "Consider your legacy. Do you want to be remembered as Hillary the Pillorer, Hillary the Heckler, Clinton the Cutthroat? Surely not."

Al Neuharth cites the individuals creating the most "baggage" for the presidential candidates -- President Bush, Bill Clinton and Rev. Jeremiah White. "Despite any baggage the finalists carry, it has been the most fascinating presidential pre-election in my 84-year-old memory."

David Brooks compares politics across the pond: "The flow of ideas has changed direction. It used to be that American conservatives shaped British political thinking. Now the influence is going the other way."

 

Nick Turse links consumerism to war: "Nearly every product in your pantry, every appliance in your home, every bit of high-tech home entertainment equipment, even your morning newspaper is now directly or indirectly tied to the Pentagon through the company that produces it."

• "On this Mother’s Day, let us make a promise to all our mothers," founder and executive director of the Rebecca Project for Human Rights Malika Saada Saar requests in Politico. "Especially those mothers behind bars -- that we recognize their humanity, that we honor how women struggle and suffer, that we affirm the sacredness of all births and the need for all mothers to have the chance to give birth and raise their children with dignity, and that we end the unnecessary and cruel practice of shackling pregnant women."

• "The manipulation of the political system -- amid the fights between ruling clans for money and power -- can only create the conditions for an eventual, systemic crisis in Russia posing a danger for the world," David Satter forecasts in the Wall Street Journal.

Joel Stein outlines just exactly what it takes to get a hold of some marijuana: "Medical marijuana isn't really legal -- in 2005, the Supreme Court said federal anti-drug laws trump state laws -- but California and 11 other hippie states have been flipping off Washington for years."

• "If you put the wrong guys in charge of the worst problem, you'd get a good picture of what's happening in" Myanmar, writes Marshall Kilduff. "A military junta, which spends every waking hour controlling Burmese life, has met its match in devastating cyclone this week."

From The Editorial Boards...

• "We believe it is" Clinton's "right to stay in the fight and challenge" Obama "as long as she has the desire and the means to do so," the New York Times writes. "That is the essence of the democratic process. But we believe just as strongly that Mrs. Clinton will be making a terrible mistake -- for herself, her party and for the nation -- if she continues to press her candidacy through negative campaigning with disturbing racial undertones."

• The Wall Street Journal is already discussing the aftermath of Clinton's campaign: "We mean the separation now under way between the Clintons and the Democratic Party. Like all divorces after lengthy unions, this one is painful and has had its moments of reconciliation, but after Tuesday a split looks inevitable. The long co-dependency is over."

The Washington Post is not impressed with the farm bill: "After weeks of wheeling and dealing, a House-Senate conference committee has finally produced a farm bill. And what an unlovely creation it is. The nearly $300 billion, five-year legislation brims with subsidies for everything from biofuels to historic-barn preservation."

USA Today pits Hurricane Katrina disaster relief to Myanmar: "Though" Myanmar "lacked even the flawed disaster readiness plans of New Orleans, adequate warnings could have helped reduce the toll as the cyclone (the name for hurricanes in that part of the world) hit flimsy houses in low-lying areas and produced widespread flooding."

• "History is full of self-absorbed regimes that failed to respond to human suffering after a natural disaster," the Seattle Times laments, weighing in on the country's horrendous disaster response. "Myanmar's repressive junta joins a hall of shame."

• "As" Bush "enters his final months in office, there are mounting signs of disarray when it comes to current U.S. policy towards Iran and North Korea," the Washington Times warns. "The three remaining plausible candidates to succeed him... have yet to explain how their policies will differ from the current administration."

• "Now it's time for the administration to walk its accountability talk," the Los Angeles Times announces. "Its Reading First program has proved to be a $1-billion-a-year ethical disgrace that hasn't helped children read better."

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