As Hawaii's primary election campaign gathers steam, our Democratic party seems shockingly unaware of the lessons of 2008. In that year's primary, Hawaii's Democrats chose to nominate Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton at a stunning rate of three to one.
If voters had merely been interested in the candidate most capable of furthering the Democratic agenda, the obvious chose would have been Clinton. Instead, they overwhelmingly supported the candidate who inspired them to believe that their vote could do something more important... change government itself.
President Obama and our party may be fumbling the ball on that lofty goal, but many voters are still eager to find candidates willing to push forward with the momentum they worked so hard for in 2008. The Democratic party may be surprised in September 18th to find that many of these voters are more committed to "change" than they are to the party and its political agenda.
Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate-Hawaii