Julie Stauch was a leader of the Hillary Clinton delegate group at the March 12 Polk County Democratic convention, which turned into a disaster. She responds to calls by Pat Rynard and others for longtime Polk County Democratic Party Chair Tom Henderson to resign. -promoted by desmoinesdem
I’ve seen posts this week blaming Tom Henderson for a variety of things, ranging from Caucus night to the Polk County Convention. This is wrong for two reasons.
REASON ONE: First, and foremost, Tom has been very dedicated and innovative with the Polk County Democrats. He’s been a strong voice for Democratic candidates up and down the ticket, bothering to be well informed about each candidate and speaking with calm conviction. He’s been consistent and reliable, something very few volunteer leaders achieve over one year, let alone for multiple elections.
REASON TWO: Blaming is a dangerous approach to problem solving because the problems we are facing are NOT the cause of any one person, anywhere. We would all be better focused on defining the problems and then dealing with solutions that directly solve each problem.
Right now in Iowa our two major problems are success and two presidential candidates. Success in that we have had so many more people engaged in the process than anticipated, which triggers a whole host of problems with facilities, paperwork, and the number of volunteers needed. And it means a lot of new people who don’t know the process and need more information to feel confident they are being treated fairly. The second problem, only two viable campaigns on caucus night, heighten the tensions between the two groups. When we have more than two candidates, we’re still jockeying for position, but with the added complexity of multiple campaigns to work with. That changes the intensity levels, which decreases the vitriol. Everyone needs to take a deep breath, keep working the process, and remember our long game is winning next fall. We don’t need to blame anyone. We do need to be honest about the problems and seek solutions, not blame. As our labor friends say, “Work like hell and organize!”