Watching Delaware Democrats go after each other during primary time is amazing to watch in real time. It’s like watching piranha at feeding time. They eviscerate each other. But then when the primary is over, they stand behind the selected candidate with unswayable loyalty, for the most part. I don’t see this as much with Delaware Republicans, but then again they seem to be more careful about having too many candidates in any given race. I disagreed with a letter sent out by the Delaware Democrat Party Chair, John Daniello, a couple of months ago. This letter asked candidates to consider why they were truly running. This angered many candidates and their supporters, but after seeing some of the stuff I’ve seen, I can see where he was coming from.
This is the kind of stuff that creates decades-long resentments. It can’t be good for the party. I try not to get into political conversation too much unless it relates to education in some way. But watching legislators who are usually close allies go against each other over which candidate is best is not good in the long-term. I respect their right to back a candidate, but some of them are relentless. We all do it in one way or another. Party loyalty is only there when it suits someone. The election process has to be the most cutthroat system out there. And it’s usually not the candidates themselves who are doing it but their supporters.
In eight days, the playing field will be leveled. And then we see the opposite: party supporters going after the other party. I expect this to be a whirlwind next couple of months. Things are likely to get ugly. What is always unreal is watching those who blast a primary candidate but when that candidate wins they become the best thing since sliced bread.
I will come out with more endorsements, playing right along with this crazy election season. I’ll talk about why I don’t think so and so is a good candidate or why that person is better. I’ll go to some of the debates and hopefully get to ask a question or two. I’m sure there will be some huge controversy around a candidate or eight. It’s what we do in Delaware. We eat each other alive and then wonder why nothing ever gets done in the state. As I’ve said before, I don’t swear absolute fealty to either party. I’m an issues guy, not a one or the other guy.
If I have a beef with a candidate, I will give a long and detailed explanation as to why and back it up with reference material.
Just my thoughts on what I’m seeing out there… Kevin