An Indie Unity In the Works?
A source close to the action down in Florida informs me that there is an attempt ongoing to bring about a merger between the two independent parties. The two sides understand the “veracity” of what happened in the last election and feel compelled to “move on” past the bad blood of the 12/11 scandal and the nominating process that caused the split in the first place.
In an independent movement such as this, supporters of both sides must come to understand that a knee-jerk loyalty to factionalism and personality is almost exactly what the FBK deploys in keeping its Gator/Unite pals in charge of Student Government. The whole point of being Independent in the SG conduct was meant to break down the need for such hyperpartisan bloc voting, and for a coming together behind the right ideas and right people for the job.
The ideal post-FBK Student Government would look past which side you were on in the 12/11 or GMG scandals and celebrate the common ground that unites everyone as Senators and as students.
Let’s face it – the Unite Party cannot possibly unite the campus. But neither Progress nor O&B can defeat Unite without first uniting with one another in that common cause.
Fall is always hard enough without two independent parties competing for every non-Greek-pledge that is voting. And from what my sources are saying, there are some folks who already understand that, even if it looks like UF is set for some more bloodletting in this internal feud.
Fortunately, there’s six months to let the bad blood drain out before the truly hard work resumes.