Can We Recover?
by JDF, Sat Jan 05, 2008 at 11:07:28 AM EST
We are days out for the NH primary and I find myself reading the comments on here, and worse find myself making comments on here, that speak to a huge division in our community if not the entire Democratic Party. We had a great year in 2006 and for the most part I would like to believe we came together. We have been winning, as a team, because the overall message of our Party is what the country needs right now AND because the Republicans have destroyed their own credibility and done untold damage to our society and our nation. My fear is that we are throwing this all away with our bickering.
I believe that we should have a contested primary and I believe that we should have a lively debate within our Party. What I don't understand is how it has boiled down to petty hatred as quickly as it has. We have three top tier candidates who would all make excellent, though vastly different, Presidents. They are also all amazing candidates who can surely do what is necessary to beat whichever lightweight the R's throw at us in November (the only possibly exception is McCain, who still seems to enjoy a strange popularity, but I think even he is quite beatable.)
My fear is that it is all going to get thrown away because of we are going to tear ourselves apart. I don't mean the candidates either. They will all survive to be good Democrats and to fight another day regardless of what happens. But what about us? I have seen things, and I fear said things, in these discussions that are far worse than anything we would say to, or about, our opponents. We are all, I thought, on the same team here. Or at least I think we were, I am not sure there is any going back to that now.
Obama supporters, and I am one at this point, have been pegged as mindless sheep. We are told that our candidate has no substance and that if we believe in him we must be stupid; the implication being that there is no place for us in the party.
Clinton supporters have been accused of being willing to throw away the party in return for a Clinton dynasty, they have been accused of being ignorant, snide, and arrogant. Then again, I suppose we all have been a bit of those things lately.
I can't speak intelligently on how Edwards supporters have been treated here, although they have certainly sounded angry so I assume the treatment has been just as bad as the treatment of Obama and Clinton supporters. I have seen some of it, but not as much as with the others.
My point is that we have all been treating each other pretty poorly lately. We are all supposed to be on the same team when this is all said and done, and I am not sure that can happen if we stay on the path we are on. It is something to think about seriously, because we have big problems to solve and we all believe that our party is the one that is going to solve them.
I for one am going to vote for whoever our nominee is, and although I have my favorite... and we all do, I believe everyone feels the same way. Lively debates are good, and we all want to win. We all want our candidates to win. Lets not forget that more importantly than all that we want our team to win.