To my friends who are piling on Joe Biden and forming a circular firing squad while our democracy burns and kids sit in cages and vans in the heat:
1. You are making the Russian trolls, and you know who, very happy.
2. No public figure is perfect. Not FDR, not LBJ, not MLK. I have had to vote my entire life for presidential candidates who did not even support my basic human right to form a family of my choosing: Carter, Mondale, Dukakis, Clinton, Gore, Kerry, and, yes, Obama – until finally one did: Hillary in 2016. Task #1 is preventing a burgeoning fascist from gaining ever more power. You want to see a real Handmaiden’s Tale and back alley abortions? Easy: dIssolve into bitter factions and get Trump re-elected.
The solution is coalition, not satisfaction.
3. The only way Trump can be re-elected is if this absolutism and purity test exclusion mentality takes hold among Trump opponents.
I am undecided in this race, but I will not be bullied into shunning any candidate if that candidate may be the way to defeat Trump.
While you’re at it, please read the history of the left during the Spanish Civil War.
Putin, no doubt, has.
The opponents of the fascist, Francisco Franco, splintered into multiple factions who each were appalled by the imperfections of the other. The result? Fifty years of fascist dictatorship, human rights tragedies and the subjugation of women.
For what it’s worth, at the moment my top five candidates, in no particular order, are Elizabeth Warren, John Yang, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, and Pete Buttigieg. (And I sure wish Stacey Abrams would enter the race.) But there are at least twenty that I would happily vote for.
Will it be the tribal tearing down and denigrating of H.W. Bush by Buchanan, or just a regular primary? I hope it’s the latter for the sake of our nation and the world.