In an early-morning email to supporters this morning, Hillary Clinton stated:

“Saturday, I will extend my congratulations to Senator Obama and my support for his candidacy.�?

She also included in her email that,

“[Sen. Obama] has been a long and hard-fought campaign, but as I have always said, my differences with Senator Obama are small compared to the differences we have with Senator McCain and the Republicans. I have said throughout the campaign that I would strongly support Senator Obama if he were the Democratic Party’s nominee, and I intend to deliver on that promise.�?

She will host a Washington, D.C. party to thank supporters and had originally set the event for Friday, but needed more time to prepare and to give more supporters a chance to attend.

Apparently, she came to the decision after a meeting with House leaders nd in particular, Reps. Charles Rangel of New York, Barney Frank of Massachusetts and Norm Dicks of Washington put a lot of pressure on her to withdraw sooner than later. Rangell was upset over her speech on Tuesday where she did not mention Obama’s delegate count or his historic achievement. Democrats were becoming worried that she was going to continue the campaign and drag the party through even more divisive headlines and weaken their chances in the fall.

By suspending the campaign, she controls all her delegates, will still gain those delegates not yet awarded and will allow her to still raise money to pay off campaign debts.

I suspect she was offered something big in return. I suspect either a Senate leadership position or a Supreme Court nomination. One thing for sure, neither Clinton are known to quit. I am sure she got something very juicy in return.

On to 2012…