Posted: 02/10/16 11:10
by Dave Mindeman
C'mon Democrats. Elections are about voting. You know that don't you?
Yesterday, in a special election for House District 50B, the Republican won. It was a seat that Ann Lenczewski has held for a long time. It is a district that Obama won by 15%. There was a good Democratic candidate. But the Democrat lost by 130 votes.
What is more disturbing is that Andrew Carlson, the Democrat, got just 2452 votes. Are Democrats lazy? The weather was cold, but not a hindrance. The roads were fine. How hard can it be to just get off the couch and pull the darn lever?
Ann Lenczewski won this district in 2014 by a 2 to 1 margin. She got over 10,000 votes. In 2012, Ann won again by about a 2 to 1 margin, and this time she got nearly 15,000 votes. And yet, when she retires, the Democrats in her district can't even muster 2500?
It really is getting pathetic. Democrats iignore special elections. They act like they don't matter. They seem to think these things magically take care of themselves.
Get your damn act together. I get tired of the petty complaints that Democrats can come up with at meetings and the arguments that happen internally. If all of this is so important to you, then damn it, VOTE!
I have never missed an election in my life. I vote in primaries - even if there is no opponent for my candidate. I vote in school board elections. I take the time to inform myself about referendum. I vote because I love to. I vote because I take pride in it. I vote because this is a democracy.
I dread seeing a special election get scheduled. It doesn't matter when it is, the Republicans will have a base of support that will come out and Democrats just won't.
Republicans were not complacent about this seat. They had doorknocking and lit pieces....they even had outside groups invest in an election that had barely 5,000 votes in it total. But they won. They added one more legislative vote for the 2016 session. They have a bigger majority.
And all because Democrats just sat and watched.
We get angry about the voter suppression that Republicans have been pushing in the states in recent years. But when it comes to voting, Democrats have a bigger problem - inaction.
Voting is a right and a privilege. But it is of absolutely no value unless it is exercised. It is like a muscle that withers away if not used. We can and must do better than this, especially now...in this year.
C'mon. Just do it. Vote!