It's been a steady drumbeat for almost two months now. The claim that the Democratic race extending on as long as it has is somehow detrimental to the party's chances in the November election. It's just plain false.
- One: The long race has resulted in a record number of new registrations for the Democratic party. How can that be unhealthy?
- Two: Democratic voters are charged up and involved. Vocal, involved, donating, believing. It's long overdue, and a sign of a healthy democracy, and a very healthy political party.
Representing as many Americans as possible is the highest party goal we can strive for. The high voter registration numbers are a sign of success.
- Three: The ongoing race is keeping John McCain off the headlines. The argument that it's giving McCain a head start is not borne out by any metric.
There is a steady erosion of support for McCain indicated by the polls, and the fund raising woes experienced by McCain are another indication that in fact the extended Democratic race is having a crippling effect on McCain's chances in November.
I'm not only concerned about the false argument however. I find it disturbing that prominent Democrats are expounding this false argument, something I find especially disturbing when the argument is presented in the very same Sunday news shows today which are featuring quotes and interviews with Scott McClellan.
McClellan has over the last few days exposed the ugliness and dishonesty behind the Republican administration in the White House. To have prominent Democrats appearing in these very same news shows, lying to the American public about the reasons and importance of ending the Democratic race, in a word... stinks.
I understand completely how some political neophytes would buy into the false arguments for ending the race, and a by-product of the influx of youthful Democratic voters is that we're faced with a large number of vocal and articulate new Democrats whose level of boundless enthusiasm is matched by their inexperience.
They are fired up, and out to win - but are following their leaders just a bit too closely, and believing just a bit too much. Overall it's good thing, but it does add a lot of noise to the discussion.
But to see Democrats presenting claims that it's helping McCain's campaign when there is a preponderance of evidence suggesting the exact opposite is wrong, and not conducive to the kind of change that's truly needed in Washington.
If we're going to carry the "change" in our quest for the White House, there's no question we will best serve our chances by starting the change now.
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