Howard Dean: Primary Loser Will Have to Bring Democrats Together

ImageDemocratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean was on NBC’s “Meet the Press” today and he said that he hoped the Democratic Party would have their nominee by the end of June.

Host Tim Russert asked Dean how and when this nomination fight is going to end. Dean answered, “Well, I’m hoping it’ll be over by the end of the month of June. We’ve made great progress in the last few weeks that I think about 50 or 60 unpledged delegates have said who they’re going to be for. And, you know it’d be a lot of fun for you if we had a divided convention with 104 ballots; it’d break the record. But the truth is we need to figure this out before the convention. We need time to heal.”

He said the most important person, in terms of healing the party, will not be himself, but the loser of the contest between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. “Actually, I’m not the most important person in terms of bringing the party together. The most important person is the, is the person who doesn’t win the nomination. Because I can remember when, I can remember when I lost to John Kerry, I had to go out and convince my supporters–it took me about three months–which they needed to support Senator Kerry. I endorsed him, I campaigned for him, I went all–to all the college campuses. And that’s what the person, who doesn’t win this, with 49 percent of the delegates, is going to have to do in order to keep the party together.”

Dean also said what everybody already knows, the only way the Democratic Party can lose in November is if they aren’t unified, “The only thing that’s going to beat us is if we’re not unified. And my, in order to be unified, both the losing candidate and the winning candidate have to feel like the system was fair.”

I voted for Obama, but I believe the best way to unify the party is to leave Clinton in the race until Barack Obama has clinched the nomination. Forcing her out of the race, may only solidify the party divide.

Obama supporters might not like to hear this, but they are going to need the support of Clinton voters to win in November. They can’t win with only half of the Democratic Party behind them. I say let her play out the string, so that she loses fair and square, and has nothing to complain about later.

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2 Replies to “Howard Dean: Primary Loser Will Have to Bring Democrats Together”

  1. Under normal circumastances, your logic of keeping HIllary in the race until Obama secures the required number of delegates would make sense. However, these are not normal circumstances! Hillary is unfairly attacking Barack Obama at every opportunity, her low blow attacks are not only vicious, but she attempts to give the perception that he is the enemy rather than a Democratic colleague! The longer she is allowed to continue to attack Obama in this way, the more irreparable damage will have occured. I can’t see any benefit in keeping her in the race longer because her attacks are not only affecting the overal morale of the race, but it is also affecting her own supporters who believe what she claims in her attacks against Obama and therefore keep forming more negative yet unfair opinions of Obama. How is that any good?
    I say give her an ultimatum. If she wants to stay in the race and loose gracefully, fine, but she must stop attacking Obama as if he were the enemy. And if she has a need to attack someone, she can then attack the Republicans until the cows come home, but she needs to back off the unfair Rove style attacks against Obama. Then and only then does your suggestion of letting her stay on make sense.
    Hillary Clinton has become toxic to our democracy, the Democratic party and her own supporters.

  2. If the roles were reversed would you be in such a hurry to get Obama out of the race? Hillary Clinton’s attacks are normal election tactics. She is never going to quit, and booting her out would fracture the party, so the best course seems to be to let her limp her way through these last few contests, and exit on her own terms.

    A threat to our Democracy? You are acting like she is George W. Bush. Whether we like her or not, and I don’t, she is still a fellow Democrat. We need to tone down the rhetoric on both sides and focus on beating McCain.

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