Report: Gore, Carter ready to bring down the hammer on Hillary?

Totally expected, yet enough of a scoop to make me skeptical that the Scotsman would be the one to break it. Carter told Stephanopoulos this morning that he won’t endorse before the convention, so presumably his role here will be to take her aside for The Talk after she loses North Carolina. If she still won’t jump at that point, I’m guessing Gore will push her with a formal endorsement, thus giving us another fun “Judas” news cycle replete with whispers of a tense phone call followed by the inevitable Shakespearean denouement.

Falling poll numbers and a string of high-profile blunders have convinced party elders that she must now bow out of the primary race.

Former president Carter and former vice-president Gore have already held high-level discussions about delivering the message that she must stand down for the good of the Democrats.

“They’re in discussions,” a source close to Carter told Scotland on Sunday. “Carter has been talking to Gore. They will act, possibly together, or in sequence.”…

A number of options are being considered by the higher echelons of the Democrats, but they fall roughly into two categories. One is for Carter and Gore to go to Clinton privately and ask her to step down. The other is for both men to appear in public and endorse Obama – a move which would see a majority of superdelegates go with them.

The campaign to force Clinton to make an early exit is being masterminded in Congress, home to the most influential of the superdelegates.

Any reason to believe that last part’s true? Yeah, maybe.