Wednesday, April 23, 2008

One smart letter

I have been struggling to articulate the downright craziness of suggestions that Senator Clinton "step aside" for the "good of the party." My own view has been, and still is, that there is no such thing as bad publicity, and with two candidates with large followings, let the race go on - fairly, please, Dr. Dean - right to the convention. But since it has largely been Obama supporters making the "step aside" argument, I have been trying to find a way to point out that if one really believes such a step is necessary they should be asking their own preferred candidate to do so, not the person he is running against. Let me repeat: personally, I see no reason for either candidate to step aside. Eventually, as in all political contests, votes - by rank and file Democrates, elected delegates, and superdelegates - will decide which person should remain in the larger raise against Senator McCain, and which person should make way. One would hope that she or he who does not win will then focus all of his or her energies on seeing that the Demoncratic nominee wins in November. That is part of what it means to seek the Democratic nomination, in my opinion.

Then, today I received, via a reliable source, a copy of the following letter today, written by New York State Assemblywoman Deborah Glick, to Howard Dean, head of the Democratic National Party. It does not persuade me that Senator Obama should step aside for the good of the party, because I favor letting the process run its course. But the letter demonstrates wonderfully well the adage that sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander. And it definitely makes one think....

April 23, 2008

Gov. Howard Dean, Chair
Democratic National Committee

Washington, DC 20005

Dear Gov. Dean,

For many weeks, pundits and prominent Obama supporters have repeatedly suggested that Senator Clinton step aside, because without the vote of the super delegates, she cannot obtain sufficient delegates to secure the nomination. However, it is equally true for Senator Obama. That means that the super delegates will have to decide who will be the best standard bearer for our party.

Yesterday’s victory in the Pennsylvania primary makes it clear to me and that it is now time for Senator Obama to step aside. Senator Obama and his supporters must recognize that he has been beaten in most of the major states and that his victory in states that are highly unlikely to vote [D]emocratic in the fall makes Senator Clinton our strongest candidate in the general election.

Despite Senator Obama outspending Senator Clinton two to one and three to one in most of these large states, he repeatedly loses. For Democrats dedicated to winning the White House in November, this is all the more concerning because primary battles are races that typically draw from the more liberal wing of our party. The energy and enthusiasm this hotly contested campaign season has generated will aid the Democratic Party in November, if we choose the strongest candidate to confront the Republican nominee.

I believe that candidate is Hillary Clinton and it is time for the Senator Obama and his supporters to begin the healing that will unite the party. His ability to articulate a message of healing will best serve the party by his choosing to step aside now, and begin that process of uniting the party. Senator Obama has spoken of our need to do things differently and there can be no bigger change in our country than electing the first woman President. If the party doesn’t support this woman at this time in our history, when will we and how do you ask women to support a party that doesn’t support them?

I ask you to bring the party together, by carrying this message to Senator Obama.


Deborah Glick (NYS assemblywoman)

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

thank you and amen. kitty in miami

April 23, 2008 at 9:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Deborah Glick is my assemblywoman. I have voted for her many times. This letter represents one of the reasons why. She doesn't tolerate or excuse misogyny, racism, homophobia or classism. More people have voted for Hillary Clinton at this point than have ever voted for any candidate in the history of Democratic primaries. Sorry, but the red state victories of Obama are not going to help beat McCain. Nor will The New York Times or Keith Olberman or Huffington Post or Markos Moulitsas, former Republican and union buster.

April 24, 2008 at 2:13 AM  
Anonymous EricaLeigh said...

I too favor letting the race run to completion.

I've been phoning on behalf of Hillary Clinton and people across this nation say over and over how exciting it is to actually have a vote that matters in choosing the nominee. This is a great process and it's what Democracy is about. The caucuses are debacles, though, and need to be changed. That's one thing that should be looked at by Democrats. We've got some real work to do to make our primary more fair and representative of democratic principles.

The point in the letter about women and the party is well taken. I am a feminist in my forties. I've been appalled at the sexism and downright misogyny displayed by the media, by Obama supporters, and by Mr. Obama himself. It has galvanized me to donate to Emily's list and NOW again. Just as Mr. Obama is not "post racial" our nation is clearly not "post sexist." We have a lot of work to do, and it will be decidedly easier if Hillary Clinton is President.

April 24, 2008 at 2:21 PM  

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