It bugs me a little when should-be allies attack each other over twitter. They all end up looking like morons. For a while, I thought it was just the right wing loons accusing each other of not being racist, misogynistic, sociopathic, or otherwise misanthropic enough.
I soon found that the childish infighting is quite popular among segments of the their polar opposites.
People like Wendy Davis take pragmatic positions that will not doom them among their electorate. Among the self-appointed “purity” police on the left, this is heresy. These people will shoot their own causes in the foot to maintain a high level of self righteousness. I would point these people to a more talented wordsmith than myself. As a somewhat popular blogger once said, “Your Mumia sweatshirt won’t get you into heaven anymore.”
Whenever your pet flower child runs against a Bull Connor, keep one thing in mind. All things being equal your candidate might win, but all things are not equal so your candidate will lose.