TPM has the scoop…

An Edwards aide confirms to me that John Edwards met privately with Hillary on Thursday to discuss the possibility of making an endorsement, and will meet with Obama tomorrow, as first reported by Mark Halperin.

The Edwards aide gave me a bunch more detail, including this: “There’s a greater than 50% chance he will endorse.” He also said that he’s been talking to both on and off for some time, including since he dropped out.

The Edwards aide, who played a key campaign role, confirms that in his private discussion with Hillary, the former North Carolina Senator talked to her about similar concerns he raised with both candidates just before leaving the race. The aide says he talked about “who’s going to carry on the mantle of fighting for the voiceless,” and is trying to gauge which of the two “will sign their name in blood in order to make that commitment.” A second source familiar with the meeting confirmed that it took place.

Does this endorsement matter anymore? I mean, most Edwards supporters have already gotten behind a different candidate at this point.

I think he waited too long.

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