Gus Bickford, Chairman of the Massachusetts Democratic Party sent me an email today, asking for a donation. Aside from the fact that I no longer donate to the party because of a recent experience watching my donated money being used by the party against my chosen candidate in a primary, the message contained in the email sent me the message that the party and the party leaders still don’t get it. They still don’t know why Trump won, why Charlie Baker won, why Scott Brown won. More importantly, they don’t understand why they lost.
The email began with:
Did you see what happened last Tuesday? Democrat Paul Feeney beat the anti-LGBTQ and anti-woman candidate in the Bristol and Norfolk State Senate special election.
And ended with :
Governor Baker can talk a good game on issues like gay marriage and women’s access to reproductive health, but the candidates he endorses to local office are not the type of candidates that Massachusetts residents want.
To the casual observer, one would assume that Democrat Paul Feeney beat the Republican (and a former Democrat running as a moderate independent) because the electorate’s number one and number two issues were gay rights and abortion rights. Feeney’s campaign was surely one that focused on these two issues and that is why he won this election in Massachusetts and it’s how we will win more elections in Massachusetts with this same message and your donation of $25 or $50 to help spread the word.
Oddly, there was no mention in this email that Democrat Paul Feeney was endorsed by Senator Bernie Sanders, or the fact that one candidate (a former Democrat) ran against Feeney as an independent because “It looks like there’s a big highway in the middle for someone who is independent.” – referring to the Republican as too conservative and Feeney too progressive for Massachusetts voters. There was there also no mention of Paul Feeney’s own words explaining why he was running what his key issue was “I understand how important it is to have a voice for working families in the Bristol and Norfolk District. I will work hard to defend the values of the middle-class. ” Nope, none of that. This entire election centered on gay rights and abortion rights….and that’s how we will win the next election.
Only that’s not how we won this recent election and the chair’s reluctance to admit that is more than upsetting because it means nothing has changed and we will continue the same losing strategy, offer the same message, and expect a different result.