Sadly, the sometimes candid conversation between David Hallock and Paul Logan paled in comparison to the sparks between Chris LaCivita and Ellen Qualls during VPAP's 2013 analysis. Now that was an analysis worth attending! LaCivita is an unapologetic political hack, in the most delightful way possible, who never shies away from defending his dirty approach to politics. No wonder many of my friends simply call him "the devil." Compare that to Logan and Hallock shifting uncomfortably in their seats trying to defend the practice of spamming inboxes in order to raise low donor funds.
Hallock at several times made the point that the lack of engagement during the midyear election depressed both volunteer enthusiasm and eventual voter participation, particularly among the Democratic base. While bemoaning the difficulties of getting Democratic constituencies to the poles, he clung to defending Warner's "statewide" campaign that stressed bipartisanship and reaching out to Southwest and Southside Virginia.
Perhaps Democratic disengagement is not a fact of life for midterm elections, but a byproduct of the type of campaign Warner ran?
In his concluding remarks, Hallock made the case that the Democratic Party needs to do a better job of engaging our voters and turning them out in off-year elections.
Let's talk about that.
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*IN HAMPTON, OBAMA PUSHES PLAN FOR HIRING VETERANS
*MCDONNELL: OBAMA ADMINISTRATION "ALMOST CLUELESS" ON ECONOMY (Ha, that's rich, coming from someone whose party pretty much trashed Bill Clinton's surplus and helped bring down the economy - nice)
*ARLINGTON APPROVES NEW BOEING REGIONAL HEADQUARTERS
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*AIRPORTS BOARD TALKS SECRETLY ABOUT BEING OPEN
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