In a letter to the editor, Hoboken Democratic Committee Chair Rachel Hodes explains why she feels Democrats need to unite and support the presidential nominee – whoever it may be – against President Donald Trump (R) in November.
For Democrats around the county, this week has been a lot to digest.
Perhaps you are recovering from SenatorÂ KlobucharÂ and Mayor Pete induced political
whiplash – Candidate yesterday, Biden endorser today!
Or you are worn out from arguing that Biden’s debate stage performance does not
equate presidential competence (aka the debate about debates).
Or you are tired of defending Sandersâ€™ platform to more moderate members of the party
(Remember- looking left is better than what’s staring at us from the White House!).
Maybe you’re disappointed to have witnessed two qualified, intelligent, andÂ determinedÂ women leave the race in the span of just a few days, exiting what was once the most diverse field in the history of American politics.
Elizabeth Warren, I will miss your voice on the campaign trail.
Many of you have had to let go of your first, second, or even third-choice candidates
and push yourself to find excitement in a campaign thatÂ doesnâ€™tÂ yetÂ feelÂ like home.Â Itâ€™s
like getting over a heartbreak, andÂ these readjustments are extraordinarily hard.
It’s exhausting.Â I’m tired too.
And now â€¦ a choice for our country between two dominant – and very different – visions
for the Democratic Party.
No candidate is perfect, no campaign is flawless, and no vision is without faults. ButÂ bothÂ ofÂ theÂ front-runners areÂ worlds betterÂ than Donald Trump.
No matter who becomes the nominee, the Democratic Party will be more progressive than it has everÂ beenÂ and we can – and must! – use thisÂ momentÂ to engage in coalition-
buildingÂ among theÂ diverse factionsÂ within ourÂ Party.
So what do we do next? Iâ€™m so glad you asked â€¦.
ACKNOWLEDGE that the goal is to defeat Donald Trump, not tear down other
RECOGNIZE that the nominee is not going to embody every single citizenâ€™s every
hope and dream. Many of our fellow Democrats may need time to mourn the loss
of their candidate from the race and readjust.
LISTEN to your fellow citizens about whatâ€™s important to them, what they want to
see for our country, and try to find common ground.
CONVERSE,Â DONâ€™T YELL at people with differing opinions. Engage in healthy
policy discussions, and share pieces of the campaign platform that youÂ feel
WORK TOGETHER to register new voters, engage out-of-touch voters, and
increase voter turnout on Election Day.
HELP our fellow Democrats in purple states like Pennsylvania, Ohio, and
FINALLY, if you have five minutes, five hours, or five days, the Hoboken Democratic
Committee has a job for you.Â Itâ€™s not enough to just yell at the television or type out a
tweet. We need to mobilize and we need to do it now.
2016 was a devastating blow for us, but we have a real chance to make things right for
America. Take the time you need to find your passion again, and then come join usÂ in
this fight.Â Your country needs you.
Hoboken Democratic Committee Chair
To reach her, or the party, or to get involved, please email HobokenDemocraticParty@gmail.com.