The goal of the local and state party organization is to elect Democrats to public office. Yet it seems that many of us who serve as precinct and county party officers are much more progressive than are many of the candidates we are obligated to support and work for come election time.
Back in 2006, I was thrilled and honored to spend several hours volunteering during the campaign to get Chainsaw Charlie Taylor sent back to his timber operations and Russian banks. We knew that Heath Shuler was not in any way a progressive, but we were encouraged by his enlightened environmental stances, and were hopeful that his "fiscal conservative" bent would be used for good rather than evil.
But midway through his second term, more and more of us are disappointed in Heath. I hear rumblings here in Haywood County (where Heath has established residence in an ostentatious spread on Plott Creek) that many of my colleagues on the HCDP Executive Committee are not only not going to work for Heath this fall, but are not going to vote for him. Of course, that might mean having the NC-11th move back into the red column.
But with Heath's continuing resistance to meaningful health care reform, what difference does it make?