The Blue Dog Democrats are saying that President Obama’s agenda is too progressive and that is why the governor’s races were won by Republicans. Progressive Democrats are saying that Congress is moving too slowly on health care reform and that is why Republicans won these two governor’s races. I have a different view.
In Virginia, the Democratic Party had a boring DINO as their candidate so the Democrats just stayed home. In New Jersey, Corzine had his own issues, mainly, high property taxes. Too bad for New Jersey, because Christi won’t be any better than Corzine.
The reason that the Democrats lost these two races is because of a poor choice of candidates. If Democrats want to win next year, then they need candidates that excite the voters, especially the young voters and they need to stop fighting among themselves and get health care reform with a public option passed for Americans. They also need to do something about keeping good paying jobs in this country and discourage companies from supplying jobs to China.
Republicans always show up to vote regardless of the qualifications of their candidate. If Stalin or Hilter were the Republican candidate for office, the Republicans would still show up and vote for the Republican. Democrats don’t operate that way. Rather than vote for a poor candidate, Democrats will stay home. This is how Republicans win elections. It’s not that Republicans have highly qualified candidates that represent the values of Americans, it’s that Democrats have poor candidates.
Let this be a wake-up call to the Democratic Party leaders. We will no longer hold our noses and vote for someone just because there is a “D” behind their name. We want strong, progressive candidates who are willing to work for the good of all Americans and not just corporations and Wall Street.