Barack Obama endorsed a number of Democratic congressional candidates yesterday, including our very own Antonio Delgado.

It was an encouraging moment for our district, an important endorsement for Delgado, and also a nice counterweight to the attacks coming from Rep John Faso and his radical right wing supporters.

Not long after the news broke, the latest attack came from greedy billionaire Rupert Murdoch’s New York Post, which published a story that Obama had endorsed a “controversial rapper” ahead of the midterms–while of course never mentioning that said rapper was only controversial in the twisted, racist minds of nut job conservatives like the Murdoch crew, nor did the article mention that the rapper, Delgado, had won a Rhodes Scholarship to study at Oxford University and eventually graduated from Harvard Law School.

Republicans are desperate to hold onto power and they will be forced to play dirty this election season because their policy positions are so unpopular and indefensible, not to mention they support of a grotesquely corrupt and incompetent president.  So resistors need to plan and act accordingly.  And we need to keep reiterating this point:

A vote for anyone but Delgado helps Faso.

This isn’t a distortion, or a slander, or a betrayal of Democratic values, or an attempt to bully voters.  It’s a simple fact.  Whether you like it or not, whether it is fair or not, whether it is just or not–the winner of the congressional election in NY-19 this November will either be Delgado or Faso.  Any left-leaning voter who believes that there is no difference between the parties and thus no good reason to vote for either candidate is frankly ignoring the political history of the last two decades.

We would be living in a very different world if Gore had beaten Bush.  We would be living in a very different world if Clinton had beaten Trump.  If that world isn’t different enough for some voters, then they will keep cutting off their nose to spite their face.  The solution is not to vote for people who stand no chance of winning to prove virtue to the universe, or to prove a point to friends, or to fully express values.  The solution is to vote for the least worst candidate who stands a chance of winning–and then work to make that party and that system and that candidate better.  The key word here is work.  Engagement in the political process requires that any voter who isn’t happy with the system or the candidates or the process work to change it.  Democracy requires active participation, not passive criticism.

Like it or not, a vote for anyone but Delgado helps Faso.

This isn’t about promoting the Democratic party.  This is about rejecting the Republican party and its conservative corporatist ideology.  There will be several independent and minor party candidates in this election, and all of them are left-leaning.  None of them stand a snowball’s chance in hell of winning.  To believe otherwise is to embrace delusion.  This observation isn’t meant to be unkind.  It’s meant to be bluntly realistic.  With a profoundly immoral disaster occupying the White House, and a small but determined cult of followers propping him up, this isn’t the cycle to waste a vote on a candidate that can’t win.  Sorry.

The good news is, we have a great candidate in Antonio Delgado.  Is he perfect?  Of course not.  But he’s vastly better than Faso in almost every way that matters.

Like it or not, a vote for anyone but Delgado helps Faso.

I’m going to keep pounding this point week after week.  Democrats have done too much losing in recent cycles because we demand perfection from our candidates and stay home when we don’t find it, or vote for someone on the fringe as a protest.  We let the perfect be the enemy of the good-enough.  If we keep doing this, we will keep losing, and keep ending up with disgusting liars like Trump, or feckless corporate shills like Faso.

Let’s keep working to elect Delgado and Fire Feckless Faso…

2 thoughts on “Day 559 – Obama Endorses Delgado

  1. Good on you for speaking on this point and your vow to continue to do so. As an aside, “perfection” (or, as some would say “purity”) as a measure of anything is dubious at best: there is simply is no consensus about what it means. This, however, we do know: What we have in Antonio Delgado is an extraordinary candidate whose stated values of hard work, dedication to service, and accountability are on display every single day of this campaign. This is a candidate of whom we can and should be justly proud.

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