One Hand On The Whistle, One Hand On The Brake

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Legend has it that when the body of Casey Jones was pulled from the wreckage of the train he was killed driving, one hand was clutching the whistle and the other the brake handle. The Democrats are desperately trying to avert the trainwreck that they can all see coming now and are rapidly shifting support to Obama in order to head things off. Unfortunately, Hillary Clinton's campaign juggernaut is stalled on the tracks ahead.

WASHINGTON — Slowly but steadily, a string of Democratic Party figures is taking Barack Obama's side in the presidential nominating race and raising the pressure on Hillary Clinton to give up.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota is expected to endorse Sen. Obama Monday, according to a Democrat familiar with her plans. Meanwhile, North Carolina's seven Democratic House members are poised to endorse Sen. Obama as a group — just one has so far — before that state's May 6 primary, several Democrats say.

Helping to drive the endorsements is a fear that the Obama-Clinton contest has grown toxic and threatens the Democratic Party's chances against Republican John McCain in the fall.

Sen. Clinton rejects that view. Over the weekend, she reiterated her intent to stay in the race beyond the last contest in early June — and all the way to the party's convention in Denver, if necessary.

"There are some folks saying we ought to stop these elections," she said Saturday in Indiana, which also has a May 6 primary. "I didn't think we believed that in America. I thought we of all people knew how important it was to give everyone a chance to have their voices heard and their votes counted."

It's a bit hard to envision Clinton getting the nod now, but it is also a bit hard to believe that the party will be able to stop the train in time. Funny thing about the legend of Casey Jones that kind of gets lost in the heroic tale of the engineer who died trying to stop the passenger train before it piled into the stopped freight. Jones was found to be at fault for the accident in the first place. 

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