by David Safier
The comments section on my posts about Barber's votes have become more interesting than my posts. I want to bring part of one comment by Arizona Bobcat to the front, because I think it will lead to further valuable discussion about how big the Democratic tent is, or should be.
What is DISHEARTENING is to read comments on this blog and others bashing "Blue Dog Democrats." Have we learned nothing from the purge of moderates and the rabid taunts of "RINO!" coming out of the GOP? As Democrats, we should be doing all we can to broaden the base of our party, not narrow it. So-called "progressives" who are arrogant enough to claim that it is their right alone to define what constitutes a Democrat are engaging in both arrogance and political naivete. Regardless of who wins the Barber-Heinz primary, I am likely to disagree with some of their votes while backing the vast majority of votes they cast. Primary debates should be focused on a substantive discussion of issues and philosophies, but I am turned off to anyone who thinks they can win by spouting the "more Democrat than thou" line. We've had enough of that rhetoric from the likes of Jesse Kelly and Rick Santorum!