A few years ago a really nice guy named Bill Minette was chairman of the Pima County Democratic Party. I was in the party office one day when we began to get phone calls from local high school students following up on a school assignment.
Their question: “What is the purpose of the Democratic Party?” Sometimes the question was phrased in terms of “goals” or “program.” Volunteers answering these questions were sorely tempted to discourse at length on the platform, accomplishments, and programs of the party.
Not Bill. He cut to the heart of the matter with a single short sentence: “The purpose of the Democratic Party is to get Democrats elected.”
Underlying that political dictum was the assumption that despite the differences that might separate one Democrat from another those differences were never so great as the differences that separate Democrats from Republicans, and that the nation would be better served by the former than the latter.
It seems to me that in finally coming down for one or another CD 8 candidate that assumption is worth remembering. And when we get exercised by what we perceive as “interference” by the national party (and I agree that the Hackett move was really ill-advised) we might remember Bill Minette’s explanation of the role of the party.