After two weeks of thinking, discussions and meetings, I am actually more frustrated about the future success of the Democratic Party, than I was the night of the losses. I’m not worried about the Democratic Party losing more seats in 2012, in fact I think Obama will be swept back into office, and I think gains will be made both nationally and locally. The frustration I feel centers on the fact that despite having superior numbers to Republicans, Democrats cannot seem to pull together the little things to take advantage of the dominance we should have to prevent problems like we just experienced.
I tried to get involved — to make a difference. I wanted to get into a leadership position in the local party and I wanted to get involved at the State convention and with the DFL Central Committee, and I have done all those things. In fact, I went one step farther and was a candidate. But I’m not sure it matters.
It isn’t that I don’t feel like I am making a difference, I do, I’m just not sure the energy expenditure is worth the amount of difference I’m making. Is small success in six to 10 years worth going to a meeting instead of having dinner with my wife and kids?
I know I am not the only one out there feeling this way. I’ve contacted a few people I would like to get involved and have heard similar responses.
As a candidate, you put yourself completely out on the line, everything is out there, and what do you get? Little support physically, less support financially, no clear messaging help, an unworkable and unsustainable top-down structure and downright bad advice in some instances.
I have been to three post election meetings. At each meeting, we have discussed messaging, involvement and action steps. I’m just not sure the pieces are in place to really tackle the problems.
I would like to quit, but I’m not sure I can…