I wish the Democratic party would stop being blinded by money and start transcending into the realm of hope and inspiration when it comes to politics.
Many of us voted for Obama not because he had so much money. We voted for him on a whole different level. We didn’t need commercials or flyers… people already knew who they would vote for and no amount of money would convert you over to either side, be it McCain or Obama in 2008.
It was a historic election, one that transcended money.
A community organizer, raised by a single mother and going all the way to graduating from Harvard law, a true story of the American Dream… it was a story of hope and inspiration… it was the story of America.
Arizona had its own chance to realize this transcendence two years later by having an opportunity to beat the same guy, John McCain, twice. But in 2010, the year of SB1070, Arizona went insane and instead chose money over inspiration.
Even people who should know better, like Raul Grijalva, went with a Fresno pesticide and agribusiness migrant-exploiting millionaire who had tons of money over the community organizer, raised by a single mother and who graduated from Harvard law…
They chose a goofy mofo named Rodney Glassman who spent his money buying a huge bus with his name on it and who made a music video right before the election… and not surprisingly, the person who his Republican family supported in 2008 ended up beating him, John McCain.
I still think that if Randy Parraz had one that election in that historic year, the year of anti-Latino sentiment and banning of ethnic studies in Arizona, that he would have been an inspiration to all. The Daily Show would have had him on, as most other media… a Latino winning in an anti-Latino state…
But we were blinded by money.
So now, yet another two years later (interesting pattern, isn’t it?) we have another historic candidate running for US Congress; a Navajo woman born and raised on the Navajo Nation and who has the same credentials as Obama and Parraz, including the Harvard law degree, running to be the first Native American women ever in Congress, and represented her home district which contains 11 Native American tribes.
She is being outspent by an order of magnitude, just as Raul Grijalva was a decade ago when he first ran for Congress. Everyone claimed that money wins elections, and yet Grijalva won because people believed in the grassroots campaign.
But this is Arizona, and money continues to blind us to the historic nature of the movement here.
AZ-1 is not only almost a fourth Native American, but it is almost one-half minority, and both Native Americans and Latinos have been burned by Kirkpatrick in the past (thats why she lost as an incumbent). Add in the progressive and environmentalists, the people tired of racist Blue Dogs and you have another historic race in the making, one that could also help two other historic candidates in Arizona.
“The irony is that if Baldenegro won the primary against Kirkpatrick, she may make a better competitor against the Republican candidate,” Nuño said.
Right now there are people excited about voting in AZ-1 and they want to vote for Wenona. They were NOT excited about voting for Kirkpatrick in 2010 when she ran for re-election and LOST in a 4-3 Democratic vs Republican district.
So what Professor Nuño says above is correct, just as it could have been with Parraz. It is an inspirational story and national media would love to focus on this historic race… and by that time even the Democrats would be behind Wenona for the victory.
But right now they are blinded by money, as if it is not people who vote but money that wins elections. Yes, money is very helpful, but in the end it still comes down to votes, and even though Obama raised more money in 2008, one cannot ignore the historic nature of that election.
Now in 2012 we have not just Obama running for President, but Richard Carmona, a Latino, running for US Senate in Arizona. BOTH candidates will NEED a strong showing and victory in AZ-1 to win. AZ-1 is the third-most minority congressional district in the state, and thus a Democratic stronghold for someone not named Kirkpatrick who even messes that up.
A primary victory for Wenona would ensure a huge voter turnout in AZ-1 in a history general election, which would then ensure a huge voter turnout to vote for Carmona and Obama, possibly turning this state blue.
But Arizona loves perpetual losers for some reason, and supporting a proven loser such as Kirkpatrick makes about as much sense as supporting Terry Goddard for a hundredth attempt at Governor. It’s about as stupid as Republicans running Joseph Sweeney against Raul Grijalva each election cycle.
You almost wonder if the Arizona Democratic Party does this stuff on purpose? The Glassman corporation supports McCain in 2008, and you wonder if they weren’t running Rodney as a sham just to ensure their friend John McCain’s victory in 2010?
Goddard was not exciting and lost before, Kirkpatrick is horrible and lost before… so are the Arizona Dems trying to ensure a GOP victory? And doing so even if it may cost Carmona and Obama the election in this red state?
If only people could look beyond the monied-blinders and realize the historic times we live in. It doesn’t matter how much money Obama raises, people already know who they are going to pick… the choices are so extreme that there is no middle-ground and no “independents” to win over when it comes to Mitt vs Barack.
We have forgotten about people in our democracy. No amount of money will convince Russell Pearce supporters to vote for Obama and no amount of money will convince more than 3.14159% of African-Americans to vote for Romney.
It’s as easy as pie, yet we go around in circles with these old crusty candidates.