To be fair, every Clinton supporter isn’t getting their Ferraro on right now. But this is the narrative that seems to have become the dominant one among Hillary Clinton supporters in the blogosphere: that she is being denied the nomination by elites in the Democratic party.
Those murmurs became all-out hysterical hollering (see above) after the Rules and Bylaws Committee decision on Sunday. They scream that Clinton should be the party nominee because she has the popular vote. Let us count the holes in this logic, shall we?
The big one, of course, is the most simple: the popular vote is not what matters in the Democratic Party’s nominating process. But let’s play along anyway. By any reasonable measure, the Clinton supporters’ argument only works if you get really, really fuzzy on the math. Clinton’s popular vote tally counts Michigan — which of course, you can’t, as every other candidate removed their name from the ballot there in accordance with party instructions. In this math, her die-hards are not counting the nearly forty percent of people who voted “uncommitted,” even though they were almost certainly Obama supporters. They’re just counting Clinton’s.
So fine, Obama gets zero votes there. But they also count Florida, another penalized state whose primary wasn’t supposed to count. Clinton ‘wins’ there by default, because no one else besides her did any campaigning in the state because they followed the rules.
And for good measure, they count Iowa, Nevada, Maine and Washington — all caucus states, with no formal popular vote count. (It’s worth noting that Obama won all of these but Nevada.) These last numbers are essentially made up out of thin air.
So, here we are. If you count a bunch of states that don’t count and don’t award Obama votes from these by-default victories in those states and then make up some numbers, Clinton is inarguably ahead in the popular vote.
These people are screaming it’s not fair and she’s the insurgent candidate being robbed by elites — even though the Clintons are the very definition of party insiders and she is the candidate who had every institutional and pecuniary advantage when the campaign began. The only way she wins the nomination now is by essentially destroying the party and (subsequently getting mollywhopped in November), but i get the impression, that this is what people like Harriet Christian really want.
I’m loath to call these people crazy, but that only leaves me with adjectives that are much less fitting.