Friday, August 08, 2014

I don't believe what I just saw

First, if you haven't already done so, go read Jon's post from Wednesday, which seems downright prescient in view of the brutal whipping the Democratic Party took in Shelby County yesterday.

I see in the morning paper where our Chair, Bryan Carson said this:
Bryan Carson, the chairman of the county Democratic Party, feared crossover voting — and it appears he got it, in droves.
“It’s disappointing. It looks like the crossover killed us again,” Carson said. “A significant number of Democrats voted Republican.”
I don't doubt it.  I suspect that, once we see the precinct breakdowns, we'll see that crossover happened in ALL parts of the Democratic community, not just among white Democrats, the whipping boys of Democratic politics for over a decade now.

A LOT of people in all parts of this county abandoned the Democratic ticket this time.    Then, tonight, I find out Bryan said this to WREG-TV:

Bryan Carson is drawing a line in the sand. He’s got a message for those who call themselves Democrats and voted for Republican candidates running for Shelby County offices.
“I wish those Democrats would go ahead and just sign up and be Republicans. Go ahead and join the party because we don’t need you. You don’t support us,” said Carson.
Really?  THIS is how you grow the Party?  THIS is a rallying cry for us all to come together?  You know, I have spent most of the time since I got back on the ExecCom defending you to other people who said you were in over your head.  I pointed out that you were put in an impossible situation that had developed over a course of years and that you were doing your damnedest to juggle all the competing interests, which is ANOTHER reason we got hammered.

If you are trying to ensure that we don't win another county election for 20 years, you couldn't have picked a better way to do it.

Frankly, the only viable countywide candidates that we had were Deidre, Cheyenne and Wanda.  Joe and Henri killed us with their inane actions and comments.   Countywide elections are about COMPETENCE and SKILL and, aside from those three, we had NO CANDIDATES that had the skill and the money to get out the message.  That wasn't your fault, but this is like putting out a fire with jet fuel!

I understand what you said on Facebook that both African-Americans and Caucasians are doing this. Instead of running these voters off, we need to go to them and ask WHY they did what they did.
Those answers can tell us where we need to go, instead of telling THEM where they need to go.

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