“Vote blue no matter who,” has been the catch phrase of the anti-Trump movement in the 2020 election. I’m not against the sentiment. It’s been true for as long as I can remember. I don’t know why it took Trump to make everyone realize that the Republicans are evil. They have been my entire life. However, I do have a problem with the way the catch phrase seems to be interpreted by many. The narrative that I’m talking about is the idea that the left needs to rally around a candidate now, as if it doesn’t matter who that candidate is. “Vote blue no matter who,” only applies to November. It’s ridiculous to be invoking it in February.
It’s important to remember that there are huge differences between the Democratic candidates. Some, or at least one, Warren, would make an excellent president. Others, like Bloomberg, would make a terrible president. If we’re going to vote blue no matter who, it’s vital that the blue candidate is the right candidate. That’s what the primary process is all about.
Solidarity is important, I don’t want to give the wrong impression. When summer gets here and when the Democrats have the convention everyone against Trump needs to rally together to stop another term. But, until then, keep the debate going. When a candidate has a negative, like Sanders’ health or Buttigieg’s lack of experience, talk about it. They are legitimate concerns.
I’m on record saying that a boiled turnip would be a better president than Trump. That doesn’t mean we should be looking for a boiled turnip to run against him. Why would we want to replace the worst president in American history with a president who’s just normal bad? We want a president who is at least good if not great. Warren is the only one left with that potential. We need to do everything in our power to get Warren the nomination. It’s only after the nomination is settled, even if it’s not Warren, that we should start saying, “Vote blue no matter who.”