The great endorsement given to DNC committee member hopeful for Virginia Ben Tribbett by Chap Petersen and Leslie Byrne brought up an important phrase, “positive endorsement”, that I have been as guilty as anyone else at neglecting. The shame of “negative endorsements” for Ben is that his stellar political record speaks for itself, no negativity need apply. Beyond Ben’s political record, though, are the ideas that Ben stands to bring to the DNC and how these can sustain Democratic Party power, and consequently a better America for all Americans, for the foreseeable future.
Blue Virginia’s own interview series with Ben revealed some of his ideas about pushing the DNC and the Democratic Party into the 21st Century with confidence and momentum. The first idea surrounded social media and its use to enhance the effective use of the Voter Activation Network. Secondly, Ben is a “grassroots guy” who understands the dynamics, concerns, and wants of the folks who are the backbone of the Democratic Party. You can’t run a representative body effectively unless you actually know what those you represent want, duh! Lastly, and following the second point, Ben will bring a democratic sentiment to the DNC. Administrating within a political organization like the DNC is about looking out for those who are governed for and Ben knows this.
In these passionate political times, it’s easy to “go negative,” even against members of our own party who have served with some distinction.
But guys like Ben who truly care about “the people” and REALLY want to make a difference in for the better are rare, so rare that winning with whatever means necessary seems reasonable.
Ben’s political record and compassion speak for themselves, however. When the votes are completely tallied, that should be all that’s needed to elect Ben to the DNC.