Donald Trump is no longer merely disgusting. He has become dangerous — to our country and to the world. With impeachment now no longer practicable, there remains only one way to remove him from power: he must be defeated for re-election. And the entire burden of removing him from power rests on the Democratic Party.
It is a strange and almost terrifying circumstance that so great a responsibility should come to rest on so loose and rag-tag an entity as a political party — even ours. To meet its responsibility, our party is going to have to improve upon its performance in almost any past presidential election year that you can recall. The candidates for the Democratic nomination must talk about what needs to be done, not about the shortcomings of their rivals. The democrats who vote in the primaries must give more than usual consideration to electability when they make their choices; not that they must vote against their ideals, but that they must not be distracted by lesser considerations. And if the nominee is less than inspiring — and there is no Barack Obama in the pack this time — we must work as hard as if our nominee were inspiring. We must be inspired, if not by our nominee, then by the importance of the work that we have to do.
If we choose a woman or a gay man to be our nominee, let it be because that person is, in our best judgement, the candidate among those who are qualified to be President who has the best chance of winning. Our goal is not to achieve another first, however valuable that might be in itself.
And let’s not assume that Trump will be easy to defeat for re-election. He is a gifted demagogue with money and the Fox News organization to back him up.
We can win — if we are dead serious about winning and if we don’t make too many mistakes. It’s up to us. Our country and the world are depending on us. Yikes.