Wednesday, August 09, 2006

The Lamont Primary Win and Maryland

I do not have time to post at length, but it is my view that every Maryland Democrat occupying or seeking federal office should pledge immediately to support the Democratic nominee for Senate here AND the Democratic nominee for Senate in Connecticut, Ned Lamont.

If a party does not punish those members who backstab it, and does not reward loyal members, it might as well not exist as an organization. That may be how Joe Lieberman feels - it might as well not exist - but Maryland Democrats should not tolerate such foolishness and should demand full support of both nominees from all office holders and candidates, without exception and immediately.


Blogger OnBackground said...

Is a similar thing possible in Maryland -- where an incumbent who loses the primary could run as an independent?

8/09/2006 10:01:00 AM  
Blogger jsmdlawyer said...

I agree with Bruce Godfrey completely. Perfectly said. You give money or support to someone running against the choice of the Democratic Party, you are DEAD to me. Period.

8/09/2006 12:21:00 PM  
Blogger The League: Reassembled said...

Depends on your definition of loyalty. If a party forces members to adhere to particular positions, it does the democratic process a disservice by styming debate and discouraging new ideas.

The dominance of the two parties in American politics essentially forces politicians to identify either as Democrat or Republican. Because they have nowhere else to go, both parties should allow for a wide range of views within them.

8/09/2006 12:42:00 PM  
Blogger Bruce Godfrey said...

Re League's comment - agree. My issue is with Democrats not respecting the results of Democratic primaries. Ideological latitude should be broad.

Re OnBackground's question, petition signatures for petition candidates are due on August 7, a month before the primaries. So it would be impossible to do precisely what Lieberman did.

8/09/2006 02:13:00 PM  
Blogger The League: Reassembled said...

Understood. Thought your "backstab" comment was a reference to Lieberman's penchant to side with Republicans .

8/10/2006 06:49:00 AM  

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