Competence vs. Ideology
by InigoMontoya, Tue Jun 30, 2009 at 09:04:13 PM EDT
Okay, this isn't going to be a long diary but I haven't seen another entry where this would be an appropriate standalone comment.
It is infuriating that states like New York, Massachusetts, and New Jersey should have even a chance of electing Republican governors. The Republican party should be dead-dead-dead in the Northeast but the Democrats keep giving them a chance to crawl back to life.
The problem is that we have to insist on competence from our candidates. And that insistence on competence needs to trump ideological preference. I don't care whether your sentiments are "Progressive" or "Blue Dog," if your candidate can't cross and sustain the competence threshold, it does your cause---our cause---no good at all.
I understand that a bad economy is taking its toll on incumbents. But Deval Patrick's pathetic numbers in Massachusetts and David Patterson's in New York, along with John Corzine's current numbers in New Jersey, give potential openings to Republicans that have the ability to negatively affect redistricting from a Democratic perspective as well as giving the Republicans some non-Southern, non-bat-shit crazy faces to their party.
We have to demand that Democratic leaders lead and that they do so with competence.
Okay, so somebody tell me why I shouldn't worry about next year's gubernatorial elections.