What, really, is Mrs. Clinton doing? She is having the worst case of cognitive dissonance in the history of modern politics. She cannot come up with a credible, realistic path to the nomination. She can’t trace the line from “this moment’s difficulties” to “my triumphant end.” But she cannot admit to herself that she can lose. Because Clintons don’t lose. She can’t figure out how to win, and she can’t accept the idea of not winning. She cannot accept that this nobody from nowhere could have beaten her, quietly and silently, every day. She cannot accept that she still doesn’t know how he did it!
Mrs. Clinton cannot accept what is happening because she thinks she has already bought and paid for the presidency. She suffered through Bill’s infidelities, the eight years in the White House as a nobody, then schlepping for New Yorkers and pretending to be a moderate for almost eight years to get supporters for her coronation as the Democratic candidate for 2008. Using her legal education, she believes she has done her part of the contract, paid the consideration, and someone isn’t performing their part, i.e., handing her the presidency. Her husband, New Yorkers, her fellow politicians, the voters, the media, all have failed to realize she is the anointed one and failed to perform their parts of the bargain.
I think she truly believes that, in the exteme situation, God will step in to ensure she is the next president because she is the new messiah. That’s why she won’t consider giving up before at least August and perhaps even November even if Obama is the Democratic Party’s choice at the convention.