Unify Now, Nominate Later

I have a suggestion. It sounds corny but maybe a little corny is what we need right now.

I suggest that the Democratic candidates qualified for the debate and still running huddle together prior to the first question being answered, put their arms around each other in a group hug and sing, “We Shall Overcome.”

We shall overcome
We shall overcome
We shall overcome some day
Oh, deep in my heart
I do believe
We shall overcome some day
We’ll walk hand in hand
We’ll walk hand in hand
We’ll walk hand in hand some day
Oh, deep in my heart I do believe
We shall overcome some day
We shall all be free
We shall all be free
We shall all be free some day
Oh, deep in my heart
I do believe we shall overcome some day
We are not afraid
We are not afraid
We are not afraid some day
Oh, deep in my heart
I do believe we shall overcome some day
We are not alone
We are not alone
We are not alone some day
Oh, deep in my heart
I do believe
We shall overcome some day…

Some day is November 3, 2020.

Yep, corny. But I think a lot of Democrats and the independents and Republicans depending on them to oust Trump in November might be encouraged by that kind of a show of unity right now. It would be a signal to some of their snarky, antagonistic supporters to back off and realize that they need each other and will really need each other down the road.

So I know this is something that wouldn’t ever happen. But imagine, right before the next Democratic debate, the opportunity to ask the first question has been given to a run of the mill, regular Democratic voter who steps to the front and frames the question just like this:

“It is a distinct honor for me to be able to ask this first question in the debate. It is addressed to…

…Vice President Joe Biden, whom I have admired for decades because of his commitment and service to the American people in the Senate and as our Vice President, and I leave out the term “former” on purpose here. You exhibit the qualities of a patriot, Mr. Vice Persident and you have established yourself as a leader.

…Senator Bernie Sanders, a courageous, daring, forward-thinking American whose genuine interest for the betterment of this country has been visible in his public service all the way back to being mayor of Burlington. I saw your passion the last time you ran, and hoped you’d get back in again this time. You are an inspiration and you have established yourself as a leader.

…Senator Elizabeth Warren, who has shown us that the intellectual strength and power that women contribute to the growth and development of this country is not just an absolute necessity but makes us whole and complete. I believe that when you say you have my interests at heart, you’re not just saying words, but you really do. You have made a record as a strong leader.

…Mayor Mike Bloomberg, who has been willing to show the good and the bad that goes along with providing leadership for a city larger than almost all of the individual states in this country, a place that is a microcosm of America like no other. You are a man who sees what needs to be done and steps up to do it and that’s leadership.

…Mayor Pete Buttigieg, twice elected as mayor of South Bend, Indiana with huge majorities of the vote which was, in and of itself, an accomplishment in a diverse city with a unique set of municipal problems and lots of working class Irish Catholics for someone who wasn’t either Irish or Catholic. Taking your Harvard and Oxford education to serve in the military is admirable, as is putting it to use in the service of your community. That’s a great example of leadership.

…Senator Amy Klobuchar, whom I have watched in action as someone able to get things done in a Senate where the current leadership and atmosphere doesn’t contribute to getting things done. You are one of the few “across the aisle for the good of the people” Senators left and I believe you when you say you can feel what I feel, that you are concerned about what I am concerned about and you show your leadership when you get things done.

I would have no problem casting a vote for any of you for President. You collectively have a set of values and qualities that has not been seen among the executive leadership in the White House since President Obama left office. We would like to see it restored. So, that’s why I am asking you all this question:

If it turns out that you are not the nominee, a possibility that you have all had to consider, what specifically do you plan to do to make sure that the person who is nominated is elected in November 2020? And I do mean, specifically.

Thank you.”

So, anyone else out there with me?

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