Sunday, May 18, 2008

I Feel Like The Joe Biden Of Democratic National Delegate Candidates

I may of come close but didn't get one of the National Delegate spots at yesterday's WA 7th Congressional District caucus.

The competition was brutal with over 200 people vying for 7 spots. The younger Obamacons seem to have taken the day. Electing delegates that were younger, totally all in for Obama and, relatively speaking, new to active politics. They did elect a fellow who was a Iraqi American because he was successful in part in getting the support of the young behind him. There's a sort of a division in the Democratic party on the Obama side of the newer younger and energized Obama supporters and the older party activists, hacks, and "established" members of the party who also support Obama. When push comes to shove they are willing to put aside their petty resentments for each other because they all dearly want Obama and the Democrats to win the presidency. Not to mention the down ticket Congressional and Senate seats they think he yes we can bring.

The old party activists for the most part see the young Obamacoms as johnny-come-latelies who weren't active or there doing the heaving lifting when times were tough. While the younger energized kids see the old party activists as predominantly hacks.and late to see the seismic change taking place.

It's so generational stupid and out with the old and in with the new.

My problem is I'm probably perceived in the realm of this National Delegate contest as being the latter rather then and old guy that's as excited and energized as much of the younger folks about Obama, I've always been independent in my thinking about the Democrats and not tied to party dogma or political correctness. But that's a difficult message to present in positive and coherent way apparently when you are in fact over 60. My message in part was to include some older folks in the delegation to balance it out. It didn't fly. If Joe Biden can't win a primary I guess I shouldn't feel bad either. Maybe I can make it as a "at large" delegate at the Democratic State Convention?

It's all good for politics in America in the end. There were many great candidates that were trying to get to Denver as a delegate. The process of running is really fun. Especially when you've got this sort of thing bred into you genetically. I've met tons of new politically active people and there is certainly a new and hopeful thing going on that, if successful, will transform the world of politics in this country.

I think most people who are casually involved in following politics or think Chris Matthews knows what he talking about really have no idea what really is going on when it comes to the movement Obama has built. One candidate said it well yesterday when he indicated that Obama talks about his experience as a community organizer when really what he is organizing now is the entire country. In the long run what will be talked about, if Obama prevails, is the brilliance involved especially in the way the campaign has been organized and implement on the ground, literally mobilizing thousands of active fully engaged supporters around a dynamic candidate. Me included.

Everywhere I have gone to campaign for Obama including in Texas, Oregon and last but not least here, I have been impressed by the organizational efficiency and effectiveness of his campaign. In comparison look at the top heavy Clinton old school old politics mess.

One fellow out of state volunteer told me a story that reminded me of the scene from the movie Patton where the General realize the Nazis were on their last legs because they were using horse drawing carts to supply the front line. The volunteer said that the Clinton campaign was paying people $125 per day to hold Hillary signs up at busy intersections in North Carolina. "I knew we had them when I hear that" he said.

All agree that the Obama phenomenon is great for the party. It has brought tons of energized people into the party ranks. In my case it brought me back. There's certainly something going on here that pretty remarkable.

The Hillary supporters are sort of the hardcore party hacks, gender centered and older folks who don't get it. I'm sure in the end they will support the eventual nominee or perhaps they'll be missing the train that will be leaving the station without them. Even Hillary doesn't realize completely yet she been run down by something resembling a political freight train.

It's a new day.


  1. When you write stuff like the following.. I have to ask.. Are you a united or divider?

    "The Hillary supporters are sort of the hardcore party hacks, gender centered and older folks who don't get it.[emphasis mine] I'm sure in the end they will support the eventual nominee or perhaps they'll be missing the train that will be leaving the station without them."

    Way to carry the Obama spirit towards uniting the party. I could almost use the same language to describe you from reading your blog posts veiled in your support of Obama.

    It is my belief that the party is struggling with an identity crisis. Do you want a chairman of the board (Obama) or do you want a CEO (Hillary)? Unfortunately in this country, we can't have both.

    If the democratic party is to change and become the vision that Obama is selling, then you need to build a strong, vibrant and diverse community. There is no one perfect idea. And if you won't take the time to find out why folks are supporting a different candidate, you will never meet them in the middle or sway them to join you, IMHO.

  2. Well, JFallon I think I'm trying to tell the truth as I see it.

  3. and my support for Obama has never been "veiled". I'm all in, I've drank and swim in the kool aide.

  4. re: veiled comment

    I am definitely not disputing your support of Obama. It's crystal clear which candidate you support.

    What I am pointing out is that from reading your blogs posts, I could see how one could perceive you as a hardcore party hack, who is a gender-centered, old folk who just doesn't get it. It cuts both ways.

    I think you need to go deeper.. and "be the change you want to be in the world."

  5. I believe jfallon has a important point whose phenomenal manifestation can be found in what she identified as a identity crisis of the democratic party, as well as in the world of business, and just plane sociologically.

    Like dissident antipoliticians from the former Czechoslovakia, who used satire and absurdity to highlight the fact that in a postmodern consumer society the “line of complicity runs through each of us," this new American generation distrusts political grandstanding and even traditional forms of organized politics. Hence, the popularity of so-called no brow satires like South Park, The Colbert Report, and The Daily Show.

    The political blackout that you spoke of artistdog boy was partly a reaction to the intoxicating polemics of the previous generations’ culture war that eclipse most public discourse about the shifting boundaries of our social geography and economic life. The other half is that these "kids" where too young to vote.

    As Vaclav Havel, former antipolitician later turned president of a democratic Czech Republic wrote, “Ideology is a specious way of relating to the world."

    Boomers are wired to view everything as a choice between “selling out” or “sticking it to the man” and the quest for the great society as a dogmatic battle between the mediocrity of relativism and the virtue of absolutes. To use former bohemian terminology, today’s generation does not have that hang up.

    The result is a generational gap, largely unnoticed by boomers and their progeny alike. “They have relatively little generational consciousness,” writes Brooks, “because this generation is for the most part not fighting to emancipate itself from the past.”

    The suggestion is provocative considering that while “the baby boom included the largest U.S. birth cohort to date, the game generation will ultimately outdo the baby boom in size, in scope, and presumably in influence,” notes John C. Beck and Mitchell Wade in their study of the game generation’s influence on organizational values in business. “The total size of the game generation is already greater than the baby boom ever was,” and the whole generation of gamers, “including X and Y and letters to be named later-simply approach the world differently than their predecessors.”

    Thank God for secret ballots!