I’ve been working on some quotes for my business today and mulling over what is next here for The Dem Daily, with the presidential primaries out of the way. It’s been a long drawn out primary season and emotions are high given the outcome not being as desirable for some as they had hoped. We all put a lot of passion into our support for candidates as activists and the let down isn’t easy.
I still remember the feelings I couldn’t shake for a very long time after the ’04 election. So my best advice to readers dealing with mixed emotions and frustration is to take a deep breath, take some time for yourself and give yourself credit for being involved in the process. You deserve it.
Looking ahead, as a Clinton supporter, I think in the coming days we’ll have a better idea what’s next for Hillary. I plan to continue to support Hillary Clinton as one of our great Democratic leaders and my hope, as I have expressed here is that she may be tapped for VP, despite the protests of others. Regardless, whatever Hillary does from here on out, I will have her back.
In the meantime it’s important to focus on the task at hand, keeping our eyes on the prize, as I have said many times here — taking back the White House.
As Hilary Rosen, a fellow Clinton supporter said today on the HuffPo: “I Am Not a Bargaining Chip, I Am a Democrat.” There’s work to be done. We can not afford to let John McCain win in November, and The Dem Daily will be on the frontlines of the blogosphere fighting that good fight.
Make no mistake about it, as the editor of The Dem Daily, I have never supported the calls from some readers here who support Hillary Clinton to vote for John McCain. Neither for that matter has Hillary Clinton, as I have reported here. John McCain is not an option. It’s time for Democrats to come together and support our nominee.
Months ago here when I endorsed Hillary Clinton, I urged each of our writers to endorse the candidate of their choice. Some took me up on that offer, but also as the primary race wore on, a few of our long time contributors here who are Obama supporters have graciously stepped back and left The Dem Daily to the growing membership of Clinton supporters.
I want to stress that those writers are missed and I hope in the days and weeks ahead they’ll jump back into the mix here at The Dem Daily and join us as we embark on the mission of putting a Democrat in the White House. I have said here so often that everyone is entitled to their opinions. So I hope that front page writers here, both new and old can come together to create a better forum here for political discussion, news and opinions.
Also looking ahead, we’ve got Congressional races to win in November and so many pressing issues in the news daily that have been often overlooked here because of the focus on the primaries. So I look forward to getting back to a range of topics here now that the primaries are over.
Finally a personal basis, I’m also planning to take the next few weeks to focus on my business (and my family) and ease into the good fight that will run into November. On that note, I’ll be taking 2 days off next week to bring my daughter home from college for the summer and just plain enjoy a relaxing drive along the California coast.