Rich Galen

Back to the Dems. Hillary Clinton's campaign is now officially in freefall. She hasn't won a single contest so far in February. As noted above, Obama is now ahead in the delegate count and it is now becoming possible he can wrap this up on March 4 in Texas and Ohio.

Clinton fired her campaign manager and deputy manager this week in an effort to quell the rumblings among her supporters and donors. There is nothing to suggest the basic tenets of her campaign are going to - or even can - change.

Clinton has stated that the primaries in Ohio and Texas on March 4 are her campaign's fire wall. If she loses one or both - even if the delegates awarded are pretty much even - her campaign will be the equivalent of a giant star which, having exhausted its nuclear fuel, collapses into a black hole.

With his wins in Virginia, Maryland and The District, Barack Obama is now officially on a roll. If the Clintons can't find some way to stop him and stop him quickly, the Democratic race may be over much sooner than we thought only a week ago.

Here's something we know: A Clinton cornered is a very, very dangerous political animal. Obama's supporters would be wise not to start celebrating too early.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at