I think that there is a mental illness that overtakes people when they run for office. I’m no psychologist but I have to wonder. What makes a person think they can win, when every poll, and person surrounding them tell them they are nuts? It must be pride…or it’s candidate delusion syndrome. We saw it in the primary race. 3 of 7 candidates were convinced they were going to pull a rabbit out of their hat. Only to have their hat handed to them.
Nationally there have been MANY instances of democrats running indy candidates to spit the conservative vote. Although, that “at this point” this has not yet proved to be the case, it is functioning as much the same thing. Since Clark’s campaign is helping out Tom Perriello so much, I hope he is at least getting paid.
So what makes a man like Jeff Clark continue to believe that he can win despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary?
Symptoms of Candidate Delusion Syndrome:
- An inability to face reality
- A desire spend money that further feeds symptom 1
- A need to waste time (yours and others) by running all over district
- Refusal to drop out, but instead a drive to push forward
- Pride associated with “I’m a candidate” [though this in and of itself is common and not alone a symptom]
- Need to call opponents on the conservative side “liberals” or “moderates”
- Inability to see “past life mistakes” as campaign killers. (…?, etc) If your running as a democrat these things can help you. As a conservative not so much.
If you know someone with Campaign Delusion Syndrome get them help immediately.