Thursday, October 29, 2009

Five days to go

There is just one week to go until the Virginia gubernatorial election between Democrat Creigh Deeds and Republican Bob McDonnell. Honestly, this election has generated little to no buzz particularly among the Democrats. Deeds has not run a strong campaign which came stumbling out of the gate with a theme of "This is Deeds Country," not a way to appeal to Northern Virginia, one of the fastest growing areas in the country. He also never really came out with a transportation plan, another problem when trying to appeal to Northern Virginia voters, except if you count riding around in a flat bed pickup truck. As a result poll numbers are not encouraging to volunteers.

Deeds does not have the same appeal to bring out voters that came out to vote for Obama either, and he took Virginia in a close election which included many first time voters.

However, what was most disturbing was that he did not present himself as a strong and solid Democrat, this alienated a lot of regular activists and when you do that, the campaign is in big trouble particularly when it is not as high profile as the '08 election and you have to rely on the Virginia rank and file to organize volunteers, make calls and door knock to get the job done. I have done more volunteering myself than a lot of these people (and I cut down on my hours).
I am sure the Democrats will regret getting behind a moderate when he could not really rally the party. However, politics is more "unpredictable than sports" and anything can happen over the final four days. If you live in Virginia, knock on some doors or make phone calls. It isn't like Democrats haven't won in Virginia before!

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