When I called the PatriotMomWest this morning to wish her a Happy Mother’s Day, our conversation ranged from family matters to matters educational, intellectual and political. A Democrat, my Mom expressed frustration with the two Senators running for her party’s presidential nomination: “When Democrats have such a chance to recapture the White House, they couldn’t have picked a worse selection of candidates.”
While my Mom and I do differ on politics, we both agree on the Democratic contenders, her views in accord with my view that if the Democrats had a strong nominee, my party would be toast this year.
I wonder if there are more Democrats like my mother, familiar with the political landscape and the issues of the day, but dissatisfied with their choices in the current presidential contest. To be sure, we’ve read how supporters of one (of the two remaining) candidate are reluctant or unwilling to support the other should their man (or woman as the case may be) fail to win their party’s nod.Â But, I have only heard passing reference to Democrats looking for a alternative to Obama an Hillary, most in context of the movement to draft Al Gore.
There do seem to be pretty strong divisions among the Democrats. They may be unified in their hatred of George W. Bush, but they’re divided amongst themselves. Despite the favorable political climate this year, the Democrats do seem in disarray.
No wonder they’re so eager to make John McCain into the new Bush. Bush-hatred seems to the the only thing uniting all too many of them.
I wonder if there are more Democrats like my Mom who realize that the only way for the Democrats to profit from this favorable political climate is to find a stronger candidate than one of the two remaining contenders.