Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Campaigning in Virginia
There has been a lot of concern that the excitement for campaign activity for Virginia democrats is not going to be at the same level as it was last year. I understand that there probably will not be an election that will equal that of last year's presidential election in terms of excitement and energy, but it is important that the grassroots effort does not go AWOL in Virginia. On a national level, Virginia is the new swing state and the success of Democrats in Virginia's 2009 elections will validate the "seismic shift" of the 2008 election and possibly be an earlier indicator of sentiments in the midterm 2010 election. Additionally, Virginia needs to elect Creigh Deeds for Governor and get a majority in the House of Delegates in order to solve some of the big issues the commonwealth is facing. Campaign activity is starting to simmer. If you are at the beach, in the mountains, or vacationing in Spain (someone wishes they were) enjoy yourself and have a great time. If you are moving roommates in and out, no need to drop furniture just to knock on doors and phone bank (they will make you pay for replacements anyway). However, once the calendar turns to September it will be all hands on deck and all eyes on keeping Virginia blue. If this isn't enough to get us all excited, the Red Sox (or your favorite baseball team) will hopefully be in the thick of a pennant race as well-except if it is the Nationals.