My problem with this post is the same on a political, policy, and practical front: Stupidity. The new 112th district is 73% Democrat, 18% Republican. From Haggerty’s simple-minded political view, he likely sees this district as far more progressive than the national average, so he can score some points with the liberal base by going after Obama from the left. That’s fine for a smarter person. Break with the President on the NSA, drone strikes, etc., and your progressive constituents will love you for it. But what Mr. Haggerty wrote is nothing other than utter nonsense playing into the Republican talking point about President Obama being the “Campaigner in Chief.”
Mr. Haggerty (and Republicans), in case you were unaware of the state of our federal branches of government, I’ll give you a quick overview: A Democrat is in the White House (which we’ll assume you know), the United States Senate is also controlled by Democrats, and the United States House is controlled by Republicans. Unlike every other congress in the history of our country, the Senate now needs 60 votes to pass virtually every piece of legislation (there are currently 54 caucusing Senate Democrats) and the House essentially refuses to vote on anything that isn’t repealing Obamacare. One of the only things left for President Obama to do beyond signing executive orders is to take his agenda to the people, garner support for his proposed legislation, and have the voters pressure their senators and congresspeople into voting for things like jobs, climate fixes, and immigration reform.
As we’ve mentioned, after redistricting, Kevin Haggerty is currently in a primary against fellow representative Frank Farina. Primaries in districts where 73% of the voters are Democrats allows (and sometimes forces) the Dems involved to run to the left. The problem is, with this dumb stunt, Haggerty didn’t move to the left. He didn’t move to the right. He moved somewhere really stupid that most people involved with politics don’t understand at all.
Since the voters of the 112th district soon get to make their decision between these two, I would recommend making the decision not only based on who’s the most progressive, but also simply who’s smarter. If you’re doing things intelligently, challenging people in your party doesn’t always hurt your party — it could even make it stronger — but it almost always hurts if you try to challenge your party while simultaneously having absolutely no idea what you’re talking about.
I’m not going to pretend to know everything about all the differences between these two candidates. We’ll find out more-and-more as we get closer to primary day by digging into old votes and hearing more campaign promises. But certainly right now, I’d suggest donating to Frank Farina to ensure somebody that clearly doesn’t understand how things work isn’t the one representing the new 112th district. I’d take a progressive that comprehends policy and parliamentary procedure over a super-progressive that doesn’t any day.