...I'd like see if he [Steve] would explain how he sees things unfolding in the race.
First, let me say that I no longer believe Hillary is inevitable (that term is getting pretty trite, eh?), but I do still think she will be the nominee.
The thing to keep in mind is that the delegate count going in to the convention is meaningless. Of course, if Obama had an overwhelming lead, the convention would be hard pressed to override the "will of the people," but the Democrats have shown, time and time again that they will do just that. But Obama doesn't have that commanding lead. And things are getting worse for him.
Obama is disintegrating rapidly. He has utterly botched the handling of his noisy and noisesome preacher, he threw his own grandmother under the bus with his "typical white person" comment, he refuses to shut his wife up. The latter is getting more and more problematic for him. She certainly has a right to say whatever she wants to, but voters also have a right to go elsewhere when her haughty, left-wing opinions piss them off. And even worse, he is not faring well in this dust-up with McCain over her. It is showing the Democratic leadership that he may not be able to take McCain one on one.
There are hurricane-force winds blowing against the GOP right now. I predict a debacle for them that will make the Democrats' route in 1994 look like a hand slap. Amazingly enough, Obama appears to be the only Democrat who could possibly lose to McCain. He is radically left-wing, Peggy Noonan's case of the vapors notwithstanding. His wife, who appears to have at least as much influence as Hillary did in 1992, is even more radically left-wing. He is associated with radical Black separatism. On top of all of that, he doesn't even have any strong base among the anti-war crowd. McCain recently stole his thunder on that issue as well.
On the other hand, the Clintons have shown that they can effectively win elections and implement an agenda, even with a whole bus-load of skeletons hanging around their necks. Sure nobody likes Hillary, but nobody likes McCain either. The small fraction of people who are actually going to vote in this election don't seem to have personal affection for the candidates as one of their voting booth issues.
So, on balance, considering that the Democratic nomination will occur in the smoky back room, and considering that the Clintons have a proven track record of being able to march over the GOP, even when the Republicans were much stronger than they are now, and given that Obama is unraveling at an exponential rate, I just don't see how anyone could arrive at any other outcome.