"There are people -- intermediaries -- discussing this very scenario," Stephanopoulos added on Thursday's "Good Morning America." Responded Clinton spokesman Howard Wolfson: "She hasn't indicated any interest in it."
Maybe it will end sooner than we think -- and sooner than Clinton says. "As adamant as Mrs. Clinton appeared on Wednesday, several advisers said that how long she would stay in the race was an open question," Patrick Healy and Jeff Zeleny write in The New York Times. "Some top Clinton fund-raisers said that the campaign was all but over and suggested that she was simply buying time on Wednesday to determine if she could raise enough money and still win over superdelegates, the elected officials and party leaders who could essentially hand Mr. Obama the nomination."
Clinton soldiers on -- for now, at least. "Trying to prevent further defections, Clinton today furtively met with superdelegates on Capitol Hill," per ABC's Jake Tapper, who reports that former John Edwards campaign manager David Bonior will endorse Obama's candidacy Thursday, citing Obama's seemingly insurmountable lead.
"She proposed an unlikely path to the nomination that involved: winning four out of the last six Democratic contests; successfully pushing the party to recognize delegates from disputed contests in Michigan and Florida against party rules; and winning the support of a vast majority of the remaining uncommitted 250 or so superdelegates, who have been breaking for Obama overwhelmingly."
It starts with some wins, as Wolfson outlined on "Good Morning America" Thursday. "We've got a lot of fight left in us," Wolfson said. "It is critically important to do well in the upcoming states, and we could narrow the gap significantly if we do that, as we expect to."
On the prospect dividing the party, Wolfson added: "The fact that Sen. Obama is having the kind of problem that he's having in winning over blue-collar voters, that's a fact, and it's a fact whether I say it on this show or not."
"She's now reduced to pursuing two potentially divisive options that could hurt the party: Magnify the racial fault line in the party by stressing Obama's inability to win white working-class voters and press the party to change its rules and seat unsanctioned delegations from Florida and Michigan at the national convention in August," McClatchy's Steven Thomma writes.
She's got to dial back the media judgment, too: "Hillary Rodham Clinton may be short on delegates, money and time, but she faced an even more ominous and intractable impediment Wednesday: a growing consensus in the media that her bid for the Democratic presidential nomination is doomed," James Rainey writes in the Los Angeles Times.
Then there's the money. As countless candidates know, financial fumes only last so long. "The options are limited for Clinton because she is at a huge financial disadvantage," Dan Balz writes in The Washington Post. "The campaign announced that she has loaned her campaign another $6.4 million, on top of the $5 million she provided in January. But she will be no match for Obama."
Stephanopoulos reported on "GMA" Thursday that the campaign's debt could be $20 million or more at this point -- perhaps the biggest factor in how long the Clinton campaign will continue.