The two-party system is flawed. It gives the voters less choice and facilitates the bossism that we see in New Jersey on both sides of the aisle. But it’s the system we’ve got, is difficult to change, and we need to make the best of it.
Suppose that Steve Sweeney had decided to challenge his friend Chris Christie and was today the presumptive Democratic nominee. Sweeney is a decent person and no matter what you attribute his motives to, was man enough to admit he made a mistake on Marriage Equality and today is one of its biggest proponents. I would not have liked Sweeney to be my party’s nominee, but if that were the case, I’d be out there making phone calls and knocking on doors for his campaign. After all, I’m a Democrat and throughout my life I have been supporting candidates who I deem as “the lesser of two evils.” Any significant criticism would stay “inside the tent” so as not to give aid and comfort to the enemy.
There are many Democrats who feign support for Buono. Yet, all that they are providing is lip service. Instead, they should be contributing to her campaign, working the phones, and doing all he can to get her elected.
Barbara Buono is the type of candidate that we rarely see. Someone who speaks truth to power. There was such a candidate last year – Elizabeth Warren – and she prevailed over the well-funded GOP candidate by running a grass roots campaign. Barbara Buono can do the same, but she needs the support of all true Democrats. This year, we don’t have to settle for the lesser of two evils. We can elect someone who can start to break the stranglehold that the party bosses have on the Democratic Party. And maybe that’s why some Democrats are so ambivalent about this election.