Tag: political reform
Do not believe the self-serving explanations for the recent Republican landslide victory in Virginia, such Conventional Wisdom mantras as: "Deeds was weak and ran a lousy campaign," "Obama wasn't an issue, it was all local," "Democrats were over-confident, history was against them," and the ever-useful, "Democrats were exhausted by the Presidential campaign and couldn't whip up any enthusiasm, whereas Republicans were angry."
All these no doubt have a kernel of truth but they are mostly CYA. The loss goes deeper than the Powers That Be care to admit---- or even acknowledge. What follows is a summary of my first take on the systemic problems in the Democratic Party which this election exposed, and which I believe must be addressed, or greater defeats will follow. (First published in extended versions on BlueCommonwealth.com in three parts entitled "Hard Lessons," with Tag "Reform Handbook;" that Tag includes other analyses by other authors as well). Disclosure: I am an ordinary member of a local Democratic Committee in the City of Fairfax; I had been a life-long Republican until May of 2004, when I converted. This is entirely IMO: