Here’s another dumb rule now being enforced by the MassDems: If you’ve publicly supported a candidate from another party, you can’t be a delegate.
The state Democratic Party has yanked the credentials of five delegates to its convention in Worcester this weekend for violating a rule that prohibits delegates from publicly supporting Republicans.
The move has outraged the campaign of Thomas F. Reilly, who had the support of three of the five delegates — Mayor Robert J. Dolan of Melrose, Mayor Richard C. Howard of Malden, and Essex District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett.
Each of those delegates was challenged by a supporter of Deval L. Patrick.
“To deny longtime, well-respected Democrats like Mayor Dolan, Mayor Howard, and DA Blodgett a voice based on a rigid, ideological litmus test represents a dangerous backwards step for our party,” said Corey Welford, a spokesman for Reilly.
… John Walsh, campaign manager for Patrick, said the campaign had nothing to do with the challenges. Advisers for Patrick had decided not to question any delegate’s qualifications, Walsh said, concluding that “the time for us would be better placed in soliciting the support of delegates around the state.”
Corey’s basically right, but it’s not even an ideological litmus test: It’s a partisan litmus test, one which says, “The party’s not here for you; you’re here for the party.”
I know absolutely nothing about the specific individuals involved, but just hypothetically: Should a Democrat be forced to support — or be silent about — a fellow Dem who happens to be corrupt? Why not just respect folks’ freedom of conscience to a. support whom they choose, and b. identify themselves as Democrats? That’s the effect of being a genuine big-tent party, after all. And this kind of arm-twisting doesn’t serve anyone’s interests; it just looks bad.
Bob put it well in a recent comment: “The conflation of the Party, and what is good for it, and the Commonwealth, and what is in the best interests of its population, is the sine qua non of the hackocracy … “ The party will win the corner office if it is seen to be truly representative of everyone’s best interests — not that of the party institution.
UPDATE: Max disagrees.