OK, folks — now it’s really on. The Hillary Clinton team apparently believes that the experience issue will prove a winner for her, so typically, she’s overplaying it. On her way out of Toledo to Texas, she dropped this nugget on the press:

But before leaving, to insert herself into the day’s news coverage, she held a quick media availability at the Hilton and provided this unusually concise capsule comment for reporters, including The Times’ Louise Roug:

“I think that I have a lifetime of experience that I will bring to the White House. Sen. John McCain has a lifetime of experience that he’d bring to the White House. And Sen. Obama has a speech he gave in 2002.”

Did I read this correctly? Did Hillary just endorse John McCain for the presidency over Barack Obama? How else would anyone understand this comment?

I guess we have our answer about whether Hillary will withdraw after tomorrow if she can’t win Ohio and Texas. It sounds like she’ll stay in through the convention, and possibly do a Coulter and campaign for the opposition if she doesn’t get her way.

Note to the new boss: Can I get the Bill Clinton beat when they start campaigning for McCain?