Friday, March 14, 2008

Delusional Groupthink, The Hillary/Dubya Disaster Machines

Delusion - A false belief despite incontrovertible and obvious evidence to the contrary. (A Mind of it's own, Cordelia Fine - 2006 Castle House Books)

Groupthink - a type of thought exhibited by group members who try to minimize conflict and reach consensus without critically testing, analyzing, and evaluating ideas. (Wikipedia)

In my evaluation of the Clinton Camp's recent activities I am struck by the similarities between their inner circle and the inner circle of the Bush Administration during the run up to the invasion of Iraq.

The term "groupthink"was coined in 1952 by William H. Whyte and researched extensively by Irving Janis. Mr. Janis recognized two prevalent causes of this condition:

  • Structural faults in the organization: insulation of the group, lack of tradition of impartial leadership, lack of norms requiring methodological procedures, homogeneity of members' social background and ideology.
  • Provocative situational context: high stress from external threats, recent failures, excessive difficulties on the decision-making task, moral dilemmas.
In the run up to the invasion, the inner circle of the Bush Administration notoriously ignored evidence that there were no WMD's and high level warnings of a post invasion armed resistance. In hindsight, it is near mind boggling that they could have expected anything other than total disaster with the information that they were being given.

Fast forward to the Clinton campaign. The Clinton camp continues to project success despite Obama's overwhelming lead in both the pledged delegate count and popular vote with few States left, several of which are likely victories for Senator Obama. They appear blind to the long term damage caused by their brutal reckless tactics. Worse yet, they have attacked and offended the groups they would undoubtedly need if they were able to secure the nomination. Their current illogical rationale seems to be that they can lose the popular vote and the pledged delegate count, promote the Republican nominee, infuriate the Black community, then convince the Superdelegates to override the wishes of the voters.

It appears that they believe the path to the nomination will be a "cakewalk" and the Obama supporters will "welcome them as liberators". Isn't it always amazing how groups of people get together and create a paradigm contrary to reality. Then live comfortably in that paradigm as it crumbles around them.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

"Fantasy is reality in the world today. I keep hanging in there, that's the only way."
George Clinton

The tongue is a mighty sword Brother Garland. You wield it well.

Again, I submit to you the idea that some of Mrs. Clinton's supporters come off as schizoid (Bob Johnson, Geraldine Ferraro), and there is talk that Mrs. Clinton has displayed some bipolar tendencies.

As the saying goes, "the Truth shall set you free." The Truth is, Mr. Obama is the best qualified candidate for the office of President when you add it all up. It is this Truth that is driving Mrs. Clinton and her role players to sheer madness.

All 'n all, I concur with your point Garland. Mrs. Clinton's camp seems to partake of the fountain of delusinveness.

Delisive: 1. Tending to deceive or mislead; deceptive. 2. Having the nature of a delusion; false.(Second College Edition - The American Heritage Dictionary)