While it was certainly gratifying to hear so many Montana political leaders talk about how proud they are to be Democrats last night, it was interesting to see how many of them minimized their party affiliation on their campaign signs. There were an awful lot of tiny donkeys and tiny font sizes on the banners at the event. In fact, some did not even note that the candidate was a Democrat at all.
We’re certainly not going to restore the Democratic Party to state-wide leadership and respect if we’re afraid to tell people we are Democrats. We are, and always have been, the party of the majority in this country. We’re the party of workers, the elderly, children, the middle class. We’ll never regain that majority if we’re not proud of what our party should represent.
The best example of how our candidates should act might be seen in our national officeholders. To some extent, Max Baucus’s campaign site says as much about the Senator as anything else does. By contrast, Jon Tester, who won a hard-fought fight for the Senate by energizing the Democratic Party, has a slightly different page.
Were Mike Mansfield or Lee Metcalf ever embarrassed to be Democrats? I think not. Nor should we be.