Scot Lehigh wrote ……
Any miscues present at the Dem Convention pale in comparison to the absolute disaster called the Republican Convention. Maybe the Democrats took too long to count the votes, but the speeches and cajoling among delegates and candidate campaign supporters proceeded as it should. The final vote was a true reflection of the wishes of active party participants. Mr. Avellone was an executive in a health insurance company and a pharmaceutical company. This was not someone the attendees wanted to be directing health care reform. Insurers are a major part of the problem, not a solution. Federal and state laws are dampening their excesses, not their own initiatives. As for Juliet Kayem her speech was lackluster, and she broke Regan’s rule of politics about denigrating fellow Party members. She also had nothing new to offer, and her campaign contained few specifics(boldness is not a program) how she was going to tackle the State’s problems. Each of the candidates for nomination has a substantial resume, but experience at getting things done with some showing of political expertise is what won the day. AG Coakley has long been a member of the Party and is seen by the public as doing a more than adequate job in her post, but those attending felt politically that some of her decision making was shaky. This allowed Dr. Berwick to challenge her with a clear vision and a solid lifetime of achievement in the public arena. If you want to criticize the vote counting mechanisms, that is reasonable. If you want to argue that little was accomplished at the Convention, that is false. The people who attended the Convention and those they represent will be the street soldiers to get their nominee elected in Sept and in November. The process on Saturday will organize and bolster their efforts. Is Mr. Lehigh saying that there should be no parties at all? This is a belief that harks back to the conflict between John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. Today’s political scene, unfortunately, has not favored independent candidates. Maybe some day that will happen, but not likely for some time. By the way nothing is stopping Dr. Avellone or Juliette Kayem from being write in candidates. They did get the required number of signatures. Sen Angus King and Sen Bernie Sanders won as independents in their state, and Sen Lisa Murkowski won by write in.
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