Sarah McBride noticed it.
I’ve been particularly disappointed lately with the lack of progressive values and courage among some Delaware leaders lately, but I’m so inspired by so many – both elected and activists – who are fighting for a more progressive Delaware:
— Sarah McBride (@SarahEMcBride) June 30, 2018
And so did Mark Purpura, the founder of Equality Delaware, who wrote the following on his Facebook page: “Happy anniversary to all my friends who, five years ago today, were able to be legally married in Delaware! It was a rough Pride month in Delaware this year. Although we celebrated when the General Assembly passed a bill effectively banning conversion therapy for minors, Pride month began with the release on June 1st of a proposed education anti-discrimination regulation that is dangerous and harmful to LGBTQ youth. Then our Governor decided not to issue a Pride proclamation at all, joining the likes of republican Governors across the US and Donald Trump.”
John Carney did not wrap himself in glory this past month. He is dangerously close to inviting a primary challenge in 2020, because he is so worried about Republican Ken Simpler. His whole schtick on HB460, the Budget “Smoothing” Sequester Bill, is to forestall one of Ken’s expected attacks. So he is diving to the right and neglecting if not attacking his left. In earlier times, punching hippies was a tried and true formula for brandishing your centrist bonafides among third way Carperdyne candidates. But the hippies were punched so often and so long that we learned to punch back.
John Carney was a “close your eyes and think of England candidate” in 2016. It was his turn. He had waited his turn and was owed the Governorship. In that respect, he succeeded where Hillary Clinton failed. He won because there was no viable primary challenger.
I think if Carney continues along this path, the reinvigorated left will find a credible primary challenger rather quickly.