Get Your Act Together, Democratic Friends! Says a WaPo Columnist

I think this piece says something rather important about a big difference between the parties, and how politics tends to work in this country (at least at this point).

When people say that the D Party is always fractured and acts like a herd of cats, this is what they mean. It’s fine to have a very broad spectrum of political views, interest groups, and identity-group orientations included, as long as the politically active representatives of all those groups can do as Capehart suggests: let them all throw their hats in the ring and then unite behind whoever gets the nomination, even if it’s not the individual you fell head-over-heals for. But for some reason, Democrats (i.e., people on the electoral-politics-oriented Left) fall in love, as he says, with particular candidates, set their hearts on their sweetie-pies, and stay home and sulk on Election Day if their heart-throb isn’t the candidate.

This is not the way to do things. Maybe it started with JFK — I’m not sure. But it’s a bad habit. The other point that needs to be made is that the whole nominating process itself needs badly to be improved. But I don’t know how. It worked very well with Obama, but it also turned up people like Mondale and Humphrey.  The GOP process is as bad or worse: it ended up with Trump, who was probably the weirdest presidential candidate in the country’s history, but managed to luck out by getting very small margins in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin (a total of 80,000 votes in all three states).

Maybe the D’s will have similar luck in 2020, but I wouldn’t bet on it.

qedd© Jon Johanning 2011