They've acted like the characters in "Lord of the Flies," screaming, "Kill the pig! Spill his blood!"
But they might well have said, sort of like Pogo, "We have met the pig and he is we."
One of the most inexplicable endorsements of Clinton was that of Yvette Clarke who, for crying out loud, had actually signed a resolution calling for the impeachment of Dick Cheney, considered by many to have been the architect of the insane (and, by implication of the resolution, criminal) invasion of Iraq.
Now some, no, many, might say that it is a sign of shallow commitment to call for Cheney's impeachment and then endorse Hillary Clinton for president -- the same Hillary Clinton who approved the Iraq invasion and who has veered hard-line and right-wing in her Middle East positions.
And regarding the other Democratic Congressmembers from New York State, how can it be that all of them, all of them, signed onto the Clinton campaign, even the ones who in their hearts must have felt (along with the majority of their constituents) that Barack Obama represented a watershed and uniquely positive change in American race relations?
The politics of Vladimir Putin's Russia and Fidel's Cuba come to mind.
What was particularly sad today was to hear, on cable news programs, that Clinton superdelegates were all but begging her not to embarrass them any further by continuing to withhold an endorsement of Obama. They wanted to be free to do the decent thing and declare their support of the person who will clearly be the candidate of their party.
How humiliating, how degrading this must be for men and women who pass themselves off at election time as people of honor, people of high principles who put right over expediency. This campaign has shown that to be so untrue. It's all about expediency and staying in power.
And the largely African-American borough of Brooklyn, as much as any locality in the nation, is offended and embarrassed by the behavior of elected officials.
Whatever Obama supporters might say disparagingly of Harlem Congressman Charlie Rangel, at least he criticized Clinton when she engaged in racial tactics against Obama, calling some of her remarks "dumb."
One also gets the impression from some of Rangel's confessional-like comments on TV that he regrets that he did not anticipate the strength of Obama's campaign and his character, or the openness of his country to candidacy of a black person.
But life is about learning, even for one of the most senior members of Congress and American politics.