We Are All In This Together
by Chris Bowers, Sat Nov 04, 2006 at 01:12:02 PM EST
My ward, the 27th Ward, (there is a picture of our Thursday meeting below and on the left) is famous for being the only "free" ward in the entire city. The Philadelphia Democratic machine does not operate out here. Last year, we unanimously recalled our ward leader, and we often endorse different candidates in primaries than the city or state party would like. Hell, we even managed to sneak two people, myself included, onto the State committee, because the machine wasn't running anyone out here. Still, we are working just as hard, if not harder, than any other ward in the city to make sure that all Democrats win their elections. We ourselves are a healthy mix of students, long-term residents, new yuppie arrivals, black, white, old, young, you name it. But we are all fighting together.
There are those Democrats who think they have to run against the party in order to win, or even in order to save the party. It is my honest opinion that those Democrats well, suck, and do real damage to the party. Everyone else should be free to share in the spoils, and free to share in the credit. That is because, in the end, we did this together. We worked together, we were active together, and we are looking like we will at least win the House together. If we spin it any other way, we are going to begin to encounter real problems in early 2007. The familiar "Democrats divided" will be everywhere. The sense that Democrats won by default, and have no positive agenda, will be everywhere. Most damagingly, the sense that we can't fix the problems that led to Republicans getting tossed will become rife, and then we will be in real trouble. Our danger after we win thus becomes Democrats who want to continue to run against the party for their own benefit (LiberDems), and a faction-based craze for everyone to want to take credit. We have to restrain ourselves on both fronts.
We are all in this together. Those of us who see it that way will win together. Those of us who do not see it that way, well, it could easily lead to disaster, ala the theocon right after 2004, or the DLC after 1992. Because those individual groups received credit for their entire party's victory after their respective victorious elections, their respective parties were served up a giant can of whoop-ass two years later. After all if Democrats won by hating other Democrats, who is left to actually defend Democrats? And who really wants extremists running the government anyway, except other extremists? Yes, I believe we--the progressive movement--made a key difference, maybe THE key difference, but we still didn't do it alone. We you are out working for Democrats tomorrow, keep that one line in mind--we are all in this together. We are doing this together. The longer we remember that, the better off we shall be.