I have met Steve Thomas. He is smart, likable, a good public speaker, and well-informed. I respect his efforts and applaud his courage in running. He has put himself out and presented his ideas and concerns to those who would listen.
However, his campaign has little to no traction. It will only serve as the "Nader effect", pulling votes from McNerney, who now has a real chance of winning this primary. As a "grassroots" participant with no position of power in the Dem party -- in other words, as a fellow citizen, I am hereby asking Steve to graciously drop out of the race and support McNerney. This will be the best way for him to continue to promote his progressive values and concerns in the primary and general election. Now he can show real character by recognizing the reality of the situation. We all know just how difficult it is to mount an effective and substantial campaign. Steve has tried and I think we all respect him for that effort.
But there is no advantage at this point to pull votes off McNerney. I think the contest should be squarely between Filson and McNerney, as they are the most organized and funded operations, yet offer two distinct points of view for the Dems to choose.
"You have to know when to hold them and know when to fold them."
I agree with what Anonymous 2 cents said in an earlier post:
Mr. 2% of a buck again -- great post and comments; I just have one concern:
Someone said in an earlier post on this blog that Stevan Thomas would be lucky to get even 10% of the primary vote, OK, let's get real conservative and give him only 5%.
1) Those 5% are going to come out of McNerney's basket, not Filson's
2) In a real close race, we could have a result of:
3) This is why it's not real good practice to have more than a two way primary race, since there will usually be two political "camps of viewpoint", and adding a third person to that mix will generally mean two people splitting the same "camp of supporters" (which is exactly what happened in IL-06 -- if a mere 2/3 of Lindy Scott's votes had gone for Christine Cegelis, she would be the nominee today)...
4) If it indeed appears that Thomas (nice guy, speaks well, means well, I think) can't get any traction at all in fund raising and/or organizing in the next 30-60 days, one of you progressives might want to "have a chat with him about how he doesn't want to be the reason...." You can fill in the words.
Sometimes, three IS a crowd.