John McCain And Debbie Wasserman Schultz Deserve Wins In Primaries Tuesday
As if we have not had enough primary excitement already this year the heat is being turned up again as Arizona and Florida will be the flashpoints on Tuesday as both parties prepare to make some news. As readers know I am a liberal Democrat in the mold of Ted Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey. In others words I have strong views on policy that also have a strong pragmatic underpinning.
Pragmatism is far too often set aside by extreme elements in both parties–and it is that very lack of pragmatism which is at the center of why I think the following candidates will win–and why their opponents will fail.
That is why I predict–and truly desire–Arizona Republican Senator John McCain and Florida Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz to win their primaries tomorrow. In each case there are separate reasons as to why I feel as I do.
There is no doubt I have differences with McCain on many domestic issues such as spending cuts, or his views on judicial appointments. But it is also true I have been in strong agreement with him, such as his desire for being far tougher on Syrian President Assad. McCain advocated for a no-fly zone at one point and a military message to Syria that no one would miss in what was being said. He was right.
There needs to be members of the senate with institutional memory and deep insight into foreign policy–even though we may not always harken to their views. Having educated and experienced people like that in government allows for a wider debate. McCain offers that role to this nation and to put it plainly–even at those times when I strongly disagree with him—I want him at the table.
There is absolutely no way I desire in any shape, manner, or form the lightweight challenger to McCain, Kelli Ward, to be anywhere near the seat of power. She is part of the national problem of angry voices and limited intellect. Ward has misplaced bombast for reason and that disqualifies her for office.
Meanwhile in Florida Debbie Wasserman Schultz deserves to be re-nominated for congress. If one takes her votes into account she is a solid liberal Democrat. And being a Democrat she worked as DNC chair to make sure an actual member of the party was nominated for president. While Hillary Clinton was a Democrat, Bernie Sanders was not. Sanders could not prevail for a run for president without attempting a take-over of the party. Schultz fought back and is now facing a challenge from Bernie Sanders disciple Tim Canova.
I come from the old school of politics that we dance with the one who brought us to the dance. Bernie never paid his dues at the chicken dinner circuit over the years for Democrats and there was nothing owed to him from the DNC. Schultz was right and she will not lose her seat because she did the correct thing for her party.
It should be noted that in her congressional district Clinton defeated Sanders 68%-31%.
Staying in Florida I am hoping that Democratic candidate Patrick Murphy prevails over Alan Grayson for the U.S. Senate nomination. Grayson is a lose tire on a car going too fast.