[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]If you can’t beat them, join them. That’s the old saying, right? Well, you can’t beat them unless you’re beating yourself.
Looking back at how the candidates fought among themselves in the 2012 Republican presidential race, it’s honestly painful to think that they couldn’t look at the greater prize of facing Barack Obama in the general election and saw only the short-term goal of defeating each other. In the process, they destroyed their reputation and essentially handed Obama the victory. While examining the Democratic primary in this year’s Pennsylvania gubernatorial race, I can only hope we don’t see a repeat of the political disaster.
Although it’s early, the Democrats don’t seem to be at each other’s throats. They all seem to have a common goal: defeating Gov. Tom Corbett. Considering the majority of Pennsylvanians in early polls support either one of the Democratic candidates or do not support Corbett at all, they need to stick to this goal. The Democratic side of the ticket is strong. It holds former commonwealth department secretaries, a wealthy businessman and a Congresswoman who could take the general election contest by storm.
Democrats tend to support increased funding for education, something Corbett has not done in his first term. That has not only proven detrimental for him in polls of younger Pennsylvanians, but it also provides the Democrats more leverage when debating this issue throughout the campaign. Due to the popularity of this and other issues, it’s important to remain unified rather than divided during the primary.
Certainly, it’s important to obtain name recognition during the primary, particularly among lesser-known candidates. It’s easier to fall within the cracks of the party than it is to rise to the top. Just ask Buddy Roemer. For the sake of the party, Democrats shouldn’t tear each other apart within the next three months. Rather, it’s the idea of togetherness and a free-thinking, liberal ideology that should bond the party to defeat a conservative governor. A governor, mind you, who feels far differently about governing than any of the Democrats. That’s something they need to remember.
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