If you think losing seven out of ten presidential elections is pitiful, and it certainly is, consider the facts that Jimmy Carter eked out a victory based on the American public's disgust with the criminal malfeasance of the Nixon administration, and that Bill Clinton twice rode into office enabled in part by the presence of Ross Perot on the ballot. Baring these strokes of dumb luck the Democratic Party could have easily been shut out of the White House for the last 40 years.
Senator McCain is no pushover. He appeals to the very demographics that determine presidential elections: moderates and independents. In spite of the prevailing political winds, he can win in November given the polarizing and divisive nature of the Democratic primary. After Iowa, the Clinton Camp had to stop the run-away train that was the Obama phenomenon. The "kitchen sink," was thrown under the wheels of the Obama freight train, but unfortunately for Democrats, their chances for victory in November may have been in that sink. The "kitchen sink campaign,” has in part accomplished its intended results. It also has had consequences.
Robert F. Kennedy once said, "You do not need to be a genius to be in politics, but you do need to know how to count." The Democratic Party is a big tent. Every pole, stake, and section is dependant on the other to stand up in a wind. Tear one of these parts down and the entire thing falls apart. Division, distraction and subtraction during the primary season, is one of the primary reasons Democrats consistently get their "posteriors kicked" in November.
Senator Clinton has trailed, from day one, not because of her gender, but because the organization she put together, failed her as a candidate. She remains in the race because of her personal qualities of tenacity, determination, and strength. It has been her inability to instill her positive personal attributes into her campaign staff that has cost her the lead in a contest that was hers to lose.
However, that is not the message American is witnessing. That message is being overshadowed by the quadrennial spectacle of the Democratic Party gleefully eating itself alive.