The Pathology of the Delusionally Committed

At the inevitable risk of being branded a sexist; from a Politico report on an independent group in Ohio:

An Ohio-based group of Democratic Hillary Clinton supporters say they’ll work actively against Sen. Barack Obama if he becomes the nominee, arguing that Clinton has been the subject of “intense sexism” by party leaders and the media.

Led by Boomer-aged women, the group, Clinton Supporters Count Too, is holding a press conference in Columbus at noon to release this statement.

Organizers Cynthia Ruccia, 55, and Jamie Dixey, 57, both from the Columbus area, say they’re coordinating women, men, minorities, union members and others in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida and Michigan – all important swing states next November – to impress upon Democratic party leaders what they think has been outright discrimination – and not of the racial kind.

“We have been vigilant against expressions of racism, and we are thrilled that the society has advanced that way” in accepting Obama as a serious candidate,” Ruccia said. “But it’s been open season on women, and we feel we need to stand up and make a statement about that, because it’s wrong.”

With growing calls for Clinton to leave the race, she said, women feel like “we’re being told to sit down, shut up, and get with the program.”

Where do people come up with these things? Do they really think it would be any different if it were, say John Edwards in her position?

A better question might be to look for comparisons to what she’s doing now. How many candidates in modern political history have stayed in the race when it was so obvious that winning was not a possibility? Howard Dean and John Edwards dropped out in 2004 well before voting ended (and with more states on the table for the lack of Mega-Tuesday), Bill Bradley left the race after New Hampshire in 2000, Paul Tsongas after Illinois in 1992, etc. The last candidate I can think of to continue without any chance to win was Ted Kennedy in 1980, and it’s widely held that he fractured the Democratic Party for it.

I think Clinton supporters need to take a deep breath, stop listenting to Terry McAullife, Ann Lewis, and other people with an obvious bias, and ask themselves if they really think it’s sexist…or if they’re upset Clinton wasn’t treated differently.