Use The Primary to Build the Base
has a link to an op-ed in the Globe from "another crank" (former Democratic state senator and gubernatorial candidate George Bachrach) who is against the new party rules -- he says
We need just the opposite. We need open and spirited campaigns that support bold, independent candidates. We need Democratic nominees who offer a progressive vision and an alternative plan, not an echo of the Republican Party or a front for Beacon Hill power brokers and Democratic interest groups.
If the Democratic Party finds a candidate with courage and vision and independence, then the party will unify, no matter how many candidates emerge from a convention or when the primary is held. Reducing the candidate pool via these misguided reforms only reduces the chance of finding that candidate.
We need all types of candidates within the big-tent of the Democratic party -- no one candidate can appeal to the various wings, so we need to have them all covered in the primary.
I welcome Conservative and Moderate Democrats to make their case, and I want Progessives to make theirs. The primary should be used to draw in volunteers to all of the candidates -- all of the campaigns should be registering voters and getting out the vote for the primaries, because the work they do in the primary is the basis for how we win the general. Having a long primary season gives each candidate a chance to grow the base. If they each concentrated on attacking Romney instead of each other, they wouldn't need a long recovery after it. I want a pledge from each candidate to whole-heartedly support the winner if they lose.
In general, supporting the party outside of your wing should be valued and encouraged. Working against the nominee should be punished. Finneran, Golden and their ilk do not help the party when they support our opponents or marginalize our nominees. The "big tent" need not cover these clowns.