So, the convention’s over, and it certainly seemed like a big success to me. Everybody came off well; we have three decent candidates; several excellent speeches; graciousness all around, including the gracious agreement of the Silbert camp to a voice vote for the LG endorsement … All considered, we’re in good shape.
So, what’s with the residual bitterness of some posters here? I find myself agreeing with two posts: Tim Little’s call to quit the uh, complaining, and Publius’ “Politics ain’t beanbag.” Both of these posts stress the importance of playing hard, within the rules, without hard feelings.
The “sad commentary” is that for some Patrick supporters, apparently a sweeping 58% victory and convention endorsement wasn’t enough last weekend. Complaining that the “spirit” of the rules was broken in June will not get one single vote in September. Suck it up. Move on. Your candidate already has:
“Look, I came from nearly nothing to a decisive victory in the convention, so I feel, sure, I would have liked every single vote, but I’ll get every single one by the time of the primary — or at least enough to win.”
To Deval supporters: Do you believe him, or not?
Look, every person who is active in a campaign is a representative of their candidate. To everyone (including our LG fraysters): You will not get more votes for your candidate by crushing your opposition with invective on the BMG boards. You want to be as sweetly sane as possible, in order to attract people to your candidate. If you must attack, attack bad ideas, not people.
As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.