… I’m sure there are some reasons. Let’s hear them.
“He's the Democrat” isn't going to be a good enough reason for me. Why? Because I don't vote party labels. I'm not a Democrat.
This actually started as a comment to a previous posting on the Davis comments, but I felt as if a diary would be more appropriate after putting this all together, so here goes…
The problem with Ron Sparks is that almost all of his support came from Democrats who believed that Artur Davis just wasn't progressive enough. Davis was supported primarily by independents and more moderate Republicans.
And there's the rub.
We heard after the primary about how Dems rejected Davis because he didn't play to the base. Well that's all fine and good if you can win an election with just your base. Unfortunately, you can't, and I think that's where the state Dems are falling short. Until the folks on the left figure out that they're going to have to make some concessions to appeal to independents and even some (gasp!) moderate Republicans so that they can get a little bit of progressive in there, they'll get nothing accomplished. The far left liberal Dems are an endangered species in Alabama. You won't win an election on your own.
Meanwhile, those independents and moderate Republicans like me who voted for Davis will simply move on to the next best candidate (or the less evil one, depending on how you look at it). That's currently not Ron Sparks. If we did in fact vote for a party label, he'd have less to worry about– and so would Democrats for that matter.
Bentley scares the hell out of me. I won't lie. But Ron Sparks scares me more. He was so willing to sell his soul to certain groups and individuals. He openly embraced convicted criminals. And if the way his campaign has been run is any indication of what we can expect with him as governor, I'd rather have a third grader. The emails alone are atrocious.
If Sparks really wants to win this, he's going to have to do a lot better than just reaching out to remaining Democrats. He's going to have to make some concessions and appeal to the middle and even a tad to the right. And he's going to have to be convincing. That last part will be a particularly uphill battle considering his conflicting statements on his views during the primary, and if he so much as hints that he's against this HCR legislation after the way he used that during the primary, there will be no turning back. There's just no trusting this guy as it stands, and the last Democrat who left that impression on me was Parker Griffith. We saw how well that one turned out.
And to address another comment… I'm sure the Dem website could use some polishing, but that's really the least of your worries. Let's please be realistic, here. What needs to be done is what the national party has done and Obama is taking hits from the left for– appeal to moderates and expand the tent. I can't even begin to tell you how much I as a moderate feel like an outsider among Democrats in this state. Posts from folks like certain Sparks supporters on this site are practically screaming at me that they could care less whether or not they want my vote and support.
I'm not a Democrat. So then please tell me why on earth I should vote for your candidate.