On 6-17-2005, I was already dismayed enough by the increasingly angry disagreements within the Progressive Blogsphere that I wrote an article about effective persuasion, communication and it’s impact on campaigns at my old blog The Political Dogfight. I also recorded a more detailed view in a 10 minute audio that was published at my audio blog The Insurgent Political Campaign . (That blog was devoted to methods of creating campaigns in Red Districts.)
The fierce, deeply divided reality of 2008 has gotten far worse than I could ever have imagined. The divisions within the Net community are so deep I wonder what will happen when a nominee, hopefully Hillary Clinton, is confirmed. Will we remember The Prime Directive: First, Get Elected?
Will policy and personal divisions overwhelm our participation in the coming general campaign? Will everyone realize that we truly are fighting for the ‘soul of the nation’, as Bobby Kennedy said in 1968. Forty years later and we are at another turning point. This time we can look at a major portion of the past 40 years and see the price of a divided party and lost election. Hubert Humphrey lost by one vote per precinct.
Many take winning this general election for granted because of Sparky the Chimp’s record and John McCain’s support of the war. I do not. If we cannot talk to each other how can we unite and bring along a majority of American voters?
I ended that article with this: The Dark Art of Sloganeering [see article] may be a necessary part of campaign communication but anger, vitriol and furious responses have no place within the Party or the primaries.
Wishful thinking on my part it appears. These divisions must be healed. But will they be healed? Will we unite as a Party, a force for good? Time will tell.
God help America, Americans and the world if we lose in 2008.