In my role of television Pundit-Wannabe, I joined the likes of Tim Russert and many others within the last weeks in reporting that we thought the Democratic nomination contest was over (my particularly clever words were "It's over. It's over"). We were stating the obvious: Barack Obama appeared to have beaten Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocratic insiders stay on the sidelines in 2020 race Hillicon Valley: Twitter falling short on pledge to verify primary candidates | Barr vows to make surveillance reforms after watchdog report | DHS cyber chief focused on 2020 The Hill's Campaign Report: High stakes at last Democratic debate before Super Tuesday MORE.

There's an important difference, however, between that and advocating that she withdraw. I can only speak for myself: I couldn't care less. It's just as good a story if she fights on or throws in the towel.

Her actions make it crystal-clear she's not ready to accept our brilliant analysis. Sen. Clinton slogs on, and we're reduced to guessing why. Is it ego, an effort to get some political advantage, or that she truly believes she still has a fighting chance? Does she really mean it when she insists all party voters in all the primaries have a right to be heard? Sincerity is always a possibility.

But you don't need a Yale education to read the handwriting on the wall. So she's being very careful not to further alienate front-runner Barack Obama and leave herself open to charges she had become a divisive force in her party.

Why do that when she can dump on the media and run an ad claiming the pundits want her to quit? It pushes a lot of the right buttons. She can be a victim and fighter at the same time. She can associate with all those who believe journalists are overpaid scumbags.

In my case, I must take exception: I am not overpaid!

Still, the media world these days is a chaotic one, producing a product that is often more babble and graffiti. The ranting can sometimes drown out the informed commentary. So it's an easy target for the Hillary Clintons of this world, who need someone to blame for their predicaments.

In Clinton's case, her predicament is that she's lost. To say it again, it's over. That's different than advocating for her to surrender.