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Morning Thoughts: Now What?

Good Friday morning, and welcome to the last Morning Thoughts you'll ever read. Come Monday, we're going to have a new name for our daily update on what's going on in the race for the White House. (Clarification: It's only a new name, folks. It'll still be your daily must-read at 9 a.m.) Thanks to Kyle Trygstad for yesterday's column, and today, here's what Washington is watching:

-- The Senate is not in session, while the House will only be in pro forma session today. President Bush will visit a Boys and Girls Club in Hartford, Connecticut, and will address a gathering on what he will officially proclaim to be Malaria Awareness Day. Later, he attends a fundraising reception for State Senator David Cappiello, who is running against freshman Democrat Chris Murphy in the state's Fifth District. Vice President Cheney will fundraise for the NRCC and Rep. Jeff Miller in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, as well.

-- Trygstad put it best yesterday: Clinton's win in the Keystone State was, in fact, so two days ago. Now, it's a race against an increasingly expiring clock. On post-Pennsylvania Wednesday, a super delegate from Nebraska and the governor of Oklahoma endorsed Obama, while Clinton only picked up the backing of Tennessee Rep. John Tanner. Yesterday, Obama rolled out Rep. David Wu, just under four weeks before Wu's home state of Oregon concludes their mail-in balloting. To translate her victory into a really big win, Clinton is going to need more than Tanner, Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell and Philadelphoa Mayor Michel Nutter, to save her.

-- Clinton is trying to stem the tide, meeting in the last two days at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Comimittee's headquarters with uncommitted super delegates and urging them to continue holding off, as the Atlantic's Marc Ambinder reports.. Her pitches so far: Electability, the advantange of being able to carry white voters in a Democratic primary against the War Hero; sustainability, the fact that a young guy has more energy than an old guy (or gal). Neither is the complete reason some delegates are looking to Clinton, but both are seriously mitigating factors.

-- In order to avoid an increasingly common perception that Obama will win the nomination, Clinton has been pushing for more debates and more opportunity, like the one ABC News put on last week, during which questions of Obama's electability comes up, but Clinton also has to assert that she can win. Future debates are unlikely to happen, though, especially since the Obama team has continued to complain about their treatment last week.

-- The race is likely to come down to Indiana, where the latest RCP Average shows Obama leading against Clinton by a slim 3.0 percent margin. But after raising $10 million on line in less than a day, a new poll shows that Clinton's team is ready to go, and given her schedule tomorrow, she may again be seeing North Carolina as at least in play in the Democratic primary. In order to end the race, Obama will need big wins in both states on May 6.

-- Pardon the brief thoughts. More toward noon on the East Coast, as Politics Nation comes to you live from a very dear friend's nuptials.

-- Today On The Trail: Clinton has town hall meetings in Jacksonville, North Carolina, followed by stops in Bloomington, Gary and East Chicago, Indiana. Obama is back on the trail after taking a day off, hitting a town hall in Kokomo, Indiana. And McCain will head to Arkansas for a fundraiser and media availability before hitting a similar sequence of events in Oklahoma City.