We're fast approaching the SEC meeting, in which the Democratic Party's elite will choose the people who will run things during one of our most challenging times, and I'm starting to feel nauseated. That's not a figure of speech. I'm talking about that feeling where strange things are afoot on a gastro-intestinal level, and there's a distinct possibility you may actually throw up sometime in the near future. So you contemplate fluffy bunnies or Zen koans or anything else that will trick your body into calming down. Why am I nauseated? Because Rome is burning, and the only people who can fix it are acting not unlike the Crips and the Bloods, where the color of your bandana is more important than what you can think or do.
I've got some news for red bandana wearers and blue bandana wearers: you're both right and you're both wrong. Yes, we need a Chair who understands the importance of grass-roots organizing, and yes, we need a Chair who can develop strategic alliances and attract large donations. We can't make this thing work without both.
For you red bandana wearers (the color choice was arbitrary, don't attach any significance to it), here's just one of your wrongs: even considering the infinite multi-verse theory, there isn't a single universe where scribbling out a check for $10,000 in secret hush money is a good thing. Not a single one. Granted, there is one universe where there's a check for $10,000 in secret hush money behind one door and a tiger behind the other, which is pretty cool. But it's still not good. Stop deluding yourselves.
As for you blue bandana wearers: Don Vaughan? Really? Did you honestly think a long-time ALEC member would be a good "fit" for the Party? Have you become so enamored with with the darker side of politics, the "money washes away all sins" fundraising zeal, as it were, that principles and ideology no longer even show up on your vetting radar? Have you had your basement checked, to make sure that Radon isn't seeping into your prefrontal cortex when you're sleeping at night? Make the call, just to be sure.
What's my point? Competition can be healthy, but it can also affect your judgment. There is more than enough Otherism being practiced by Republicans these days, and we need to build bridges, not tear them down. The Party does have problems, but those problems can only be fixed if we all work together.
So bury your fricking axes, talk to each other, find things on which you can agree, and start reinforcing that bridge. Because if you can't, I swear to God this blogger will climb out of his hermit-crab shell and start showing up at your meetings and such. Trust me when I say, you really don't want that. I have an extremely inflated opinion of myself, I talk way too much, don't listen worth a damn, and I have 3 silos full of bright ideas that would take a heretofore uninvented piece of threshing machinery to separate the few grains of wheat (that's a metaphor for a good idea, in case you got sidetracked somehow) from the multitudes of chaff.