Healing In IL-06
by dabuddy, Sat Apr 01, 2006 at 12:27:47 PM EST
The acrimony is (SLOWLY) dying down. The raw, festering wounds have been "salved" somewhat by time and space. It was one of the nastiest races I've seen in 26 years of politics. And I've been involved in races from small town Alderman, to Chicago Aldermen and Mayors, and even Presidential Campaigns. I'm talking "inner circle" involved, more often than not.
The Duckworth Supporters...Or more accurately...The "Anti-Cegelis" (for a variety of reasons) bloggers have figured out (I hope) that they were only fanning the flames of dissension, by not allowing the Cegelis Camp an opportunity to vent their frustrations, hurt and anger after the election. And in retrospect, I think we can see now that they/we were just desperately trying to be heard, above the din of "conventional wisdom", before the election.
All that being said, let's talk about what it's going to take to move forward:
1. STOP THE SNIPING! ALL FACTIONS must agree to disagree, and just let it go. Easier said than done, but we have to do it. (SIDE NOTE: When I refer to "All Factions" in this diary I mean the Duckworth folks, the Cegelis Folks, the "Anti-Cegelis" bloggers, the DCCC, the DLC, and especially the Illinois delegation of "Beltway Boys".
2. The REAL CULPRITS, the ones who caused this mess in the first place, need to come out of hiding and start mending fences. I'm referring to Durbin, Obama, and Emanuel. The ONLY national figure who called Christine after the election was Howard Dean...Talk about Poor Sports!
DURBIN ESPECIALLY, but also Emanuel and Obama, need to reach out to Cegelis and her supporters. They apologized to the County Chairwoman months ago...Now they need to be GENTLEMEN and apologize to the people that they so clearly underestimated. It's the HONORABLE thing to do. It speaks to their integrity. And healing will NEVER HAPPEN unless and until they do.
They need to reach out and make amends for the deep divide THAT THEY CREATED. Their original intent may very well have been honorable...However, the end result was anything but. It's time they acknowledged that publicly, and take responsibility for THEIR actions. Failing to do so, IMHO, is sheer cowardice. The Pottery Barn Rule definitely applies here: "You Break It, You Own It!".
3. ALL FACTIONS need to come to the table...WITHOUT their "handlers"...WITHOUT their egos...WITHOUT their grudges...and work out their differences. TRUE Give and take. Find out what it's going to take (an awful lot, I'm afraid) to work together for the greater good.
THEN DO IT! JUST DO IT! I think the Duckworth Camp (And CERTAINLY Durbin & Obama) are going to have to give more than they take at this stage. Things will even out come November. But ALL "give" and NO "take"...By ANY faction...Is completely unacceptable.
4. Finally, Duckworth's "handlers" are going to have to start treating the Cegelis folks with the REAL respect that they EARNED. Nobody in politics "deserves" respect without earning it...The Cegelis Camp EARNED it! They never gave up, put up one HELL of a fight, and AGAINST ALL ODDS (and dare I say "conventional wisdom" - God I LOATHE that phrase!) they came within 2.1 votes per precinct of BEATING "the machine". Yes, they definitely earned respect.
And Tammy's "handlers"MUST acknowledge that they can't win without the Cegelis Ground Force...As Tammy has already done...And give them their due. Failing to do so will torpedo any and all efforts at unity. (And if they are unwilling/unable to do so, Tammy needs to FIRE THEM.) They can start by RESPECTFULLY reaching out to the Cegelis & Scott folks, quietly and privately, and "inviting them to the table" to negotiate. IMHO the ball is in their court. They have the most to lose now.
It's a place to start. Hopefully, a place we can build from.
I hope that the "Anti-Cegelis" bloggers will have the good sense and common decency to NOT start another flame war. Same goes for my fellow Cegelis bloggers. It's counterproductive...It only deepens the already monumental divide.
And please leave Lindy & Christine out of this for now. They need time to regroup before we ASSUME what they will or won't do in the future. This diary is an attempt to help close the divide...Please respect it for what it is.
There is plenty of "Crow" to be eaten by ALL factions. Everyone bring a bottle of Ketchup.
[editor's note, by dabuddy] Modified Numbering of Points to make them sequential. Hat Tip to pascal1947. Good Catch!