Everyone from Tim Russert to Time magazine seems to have decided that there’s absolutely no way Hillary Clinton can get the nomination. What happened? Sure, her chances of winning enough pledged delegates are nearly impossible, but wasn’t that true after Pennsylvania? Wasn’t it true before Pennsylvania?

What’s with the sudden collective reality check from the media?

Was losing North Carolina really that definitive? Let’s just say, for the sake of argument, that Hillary Clinton had won that state by as much as she won Indiana. Barack Obama would still have more pledged delegates and more of the popular vote.

Of course she would have had a more compelling argument with the superdelegates, but let’s face facts: They never really wanted to take it away from a money-raising machine like Barack Obama, with his millions of new voters (and donors). These are Party people, after all.

They said Hillary needed to win North Carolina to change the game. She lost it, and now everyone is telling her she’s not allowed to play anymore.

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