I arrived in Somerset around 2:30 this afternoon, checked into my fleabag by the Turnpike exit then came west another 40 minutes on beautiful back roads to Seven Mountains Resort. The sprawling complex is tough to find but gorgeous. Unfortunately the internet access in the media room is too slow to work and my Verizon MiFi has no signal. I finally found access in the coffee shop.
I teased Harrisburg City Councilman Brad Koplinski about forgetting to bring my Linda Thompson mask and I think he enjoyed the joke. Of course Hayor Thompson is the real joke. Marcel Groen then walked up and asked Brad how he could tell the difference between me and Thompson. Ouch, huge insult.
The promised Progressive Caucus still remains nothing but a promise a year out from its formation. Now they’re being jerked around about by laws. The State Committee will never allow this caucus even after taking a bath the past two elections because liberals and progressives aren’t voting. They’ve already lost control of state government and countless counties and municipalities but somehow Dems think they can simply toss progressives overboard. They’ll be doomed to be a minority party in Pennsylvania for a long time with this attitude.
I sat in on a Deminar about drop off voters but no one mentioned the above phenomena. Interesting… Maybe I missed it.
I also sat in on a very interesting meeting of the proposed progressive caucus. Tom Herman spent all their time on his resolution prohibiting county committees from endorsing statewide candidates if they are endorsed by State Committee. He wants to enforce discipline on Democrats statewide as he has done in Berks County (which has driven tons of them out of the Party). Asked if the State Committee sanctions Counties which violate the by laws I immediately thought of my personal experience with Herman. He’s the reason I left the Party.
Democrats should be free to support whichever Democrat they wish. This entire idea of endorsing in primaries does nothing but divide the Party and drive voters away. Their history of nominating losers is long and tired. Herman actually called himself a progressive even though he never personally endorses the progressive candidate (Specter and Onorato anyone?) He did admit “we are those back room, smoke filled room people.” It was the only true statement he made. At one point he told someone from MontCo “I loved Joe Hoeffel.” He endorsed Dan Onorato though…
This is an anti-democratic authoritarian resolution intended to punish anyone who steps out of bounds. Chairs like Herman ignore by laws anyhow and do whatever they please to whomever supports a candidate they don’t so the potential for lawsuits and discord from this is monumental.
A few referrals for those unfamiliar with Herman:
The fact of State Committee endorsements is this: whoever has the best reception (clue: best open bar) gets the votes.
Maybe the best part of the day so far was the bird which flew into the Snowflake Room during the progressive caucus. If it goes into the Southwest room it will probably get shot.