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Monday, March 10, 2008

The Prism that Matters

I have treaded back into the blog world as of late and have posted a few arguments here and there.

Unfortunately, the blogs of the left are very unpleasant right now and the one thing that this has done for me is to introduce me to a feeling of incredible sadness about my Party and the short-sightedness that ensues.

I have started several posts for the Action Spot about how shameful the Dems are acting and that the vitriol between the Obama and Hillary camps will do nothing but hurt our Party come November. Looking at it in this way, however, has done nothing for me but lead to more depression and despair about the state of our Union and the possibility that we are going to fuck it all up and lose come the general election.

I don’t want to do that anymore.

The bottom line is this, I believe that every person in the “Progressive” blogosphere needs to look through this prism before they post anything on the Internets:

Will this drivel that I am about to post help or hurt the Democratic Party come November?

If we each would take one moment to consider this before clicking “post” I believe that we will have a landslide come November. After all, is this not really our goal?

There are a lot of truths out there and we are going to see the truth based on what we want to believe and what we already believe. We are going to see the candidate that we favor as more infallible than the other. Because emotions are so high right now, it is really difficult to be objective and see the true truths through the ones that we feel benefit our guy/gal. Get over it already.

This primary is not going to be settled by primary voters. Period. Neither candidate can make it to 2025 before the convention. The super-delegates are going to decide this. There is no more convincing that need be done to the general populace. From here on out, any “convincing” is just opposition research for the Republican Party. I, for one, do not think that intelligent Democratic bloggers should be wasting our time doing this.

In addition, I seriously doubt that there are many people anguishing over the decision of who to vote for in the primary who are reading the [partisan] blogs in order to help guide their decisions. There are too few primaries left and most of the people who read the blogs are already politically active and have probably signed up to volunteer for one or another Dem candidate.

I am asking everyone on the blogs – front pagers and thread posters alike – to quit fighting each other, singing to the choir, attempting to convince the unmoving and lets get on with winning in November. How about all of you intelligent and committed people on the left spend your research and writing time bringing more people into the Party and taking down the Republicans on the ballot in the fall.

There will be plenty of time to defend our candidates against attacks once the real battle starts. Let's not offer up more charges to defend against. If anyone can argue that McBush would be a better President than either of our Nominees then I doubt that this person is really a Democrat. Some of the posts that I have read are so inflammatory, and so completely outrageous in their charges, that they are, by default, arguing this - one of these candidates will be running against McBush. is time to start acting like Democrats and take down the Republicans, regardless of who we support in the primary.



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