|Oy! Look Who Looms Over the Democratic Candidates
As depicted in the above image, 45 (I refuse to say his name) looms large over our 2020 candidates – the orange elephant in the room, so to speak.
April 27, 2019: It’s not too early to get serious.
My Facebook friend Diana Manister is urging all Democratic voters to begin vetting the Democratic voters and weighing the pros and cons of the current slate.
Because, if we don’t, the GOP will find the weakest spots of our candidates and zero in on them at a most crucial time – say October 2020 – when, perhaps, it would be too late.
Diana is right that we need to get the negatives out now and not after the nomination. The negatives don’t have to be deal killers, but it’s easier to defuse them early in the game and not when they will have the most impact.
Also, weighing the pros and cons can help voters to make informed decisions at primary and caucus times.
There is a way to do this vetting in a positive manner without demonizing anyone; there is a way to articulate our views and findings in a positive or, at best, neutral manner.
It never helps to call a candidate a “corporate whore” or a “communist.” One never wins hearts and support with such language – it just makes supporters dig in deeper.
I will block such folks on Facebook and delete hater comments on this site. I no longer have the patience for such garbage.
Give me specifics, such as “So and so took $$,$$$ in oil money from X company in 20XX.” And back it up with proof – links to credible sources.
Otherwise, just stay away from my Facebook threads and this site.
For example, I recently shared on Facebook that Joe Biden had some health issues, namely two aneurysms 20 years ago. I included this link from CNN and the caveat that he has been aneurysm-free since and that it was not likely that the aneurysms would recur (according to Dr. Sanjay Gupta). But I felt it was something voters should know about.
Save your vitriol for 45, who deserves it more than any of our candidates.
I’m going to try like hell to present my comments in a better way than I have in the past, even Bernie Sanders, who I don’t like very much. But he does bring something to the table, so it would be a good idea to listen before writing him off totally.
I just hope enough of us care enough about our Democracy to do the work necessary to find the right nominee -- and he or she may be our personal 4th or 5th choice.
Get over it.
Vetting Democrats is Not Eating Our Own, a short article, expands a bit on what I’m trying to say.