Before I start, I just want to note that what I’m about to write is my opinion and my opinion alone. It doesn’t represent the opinion of anyone else who contributes to Blogging Blue.
As most of us know, the DPW Chair race has gotten increasingly nasty and personal in the weeks leading up to next week’s Democratic Party Convention in Milwaukee, and I’ll be the first to admit this blog – and and yours truly – has played a part in some of the nastiness and attacks. This isn’t about any one blog post or comment either – I/we have been guilty of our fair share of criticism/negative attacks in the months leading up to next week’s DPW Chair election. With the benefit of hindsight, I would have preferred for this blog to focus on only the positives each candidate would bring to the Democratic Party of Wisconsin if elected, but that didn’t happen, and the blame falls on me for that.
Truth be told, each of the five candidates for DPW Chair has undeniable strengths, and each brings a unique perspective and set of life experiences that could benefit the Democratic Party of Wisconsin if elected Chair, and for candidates or their supporters to tear each other down is counterproductive in the bigger picture. No matter who wins the DPW Chair race, there will be four folks who didn’t win whose opinions, perspective, and ideas could still be useful to our party as we try to move the party forward and regain some of what we’ve lost over the past five years of Republican control in our state.
What’s happened in the DPW Chair race has given me a lot to think about as relates to this blog and what we’re really trying to do here. I know all too well how easy it is to go on the attack, and while that may certainly bring eyeballs to the blog, I’m not sure that’s what I want Blogging Blue to become known for.