Blue Virginia, NLS Excoriates Deeds Campaign

Lowell Feld’s after action review is up.  It is a thorough excoriation of the Deeds campaign.  Clearly this document has been ready to go for some time. The same for Ben Tribbett, who posted his analysis just after the polls opened

The fact that these pieces are in place so quickly after the election indicates one of the horrible aspects of the Deeds campaign-that it was so bad for so long that the authors could begin drafting in good conscience long before election day without being accused of undermining the gubernatorial candidate.

The Democrats have had such success of late in Virginia few of you have watched them react to a loss.  Those who remember the RK discussion on the Judy Feder losses in 2006 and 2008 and the vitriol that flowed remember how ugly things got in losing a congressional election.  Be warned-these discussions will not be for the faint of heart…

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2 thoughts on “Blue Virginia, NLS Excoriates Deeds Campaign

  1. Congrats to the winners and heartfelt thanks to all of those who ran for office.

    Now, let’s get together and work to solve the problems that we all face.

    Democrats need to recognize that the vote in Virginia was a statement of frustration over our economic mess and not a referendum on every idea put forth by Mr. Deeds and fellow Democrats.

    Look at Al Pollard. He nearly lost his race in a District that he typically wins in a cakewalk, to a teabagger who never talked about local issues.
    (Congrats to Kenny Kling on an artful campaign for Mrs. Crabill).

    Looking forward, lets work together to get campaign finance reform. Virginia candidates should not be listening to Las Vegas casino owners who give them mega-donations, nor should they be beholden to PACs or out of state Union funds. Restore the representative relationship with the People who live in the district.

    As we now have it in Virginia, corporations, PACs and citizens who do not even reside in a particular district can give money to a candidate.

    If we want the voices of the citizens of each district to be more clearly heard, we must take the following steps:

    1. Eliminate corporate contributions. Corporations are profit making entities whose by-laws mandate that they expend money only with the expectation of a return on that investment. This is perceived by the citizens as corruption.

    2. Eliminate PAC contributions.

    3. Restrict contributions to come only from citizens whose PRIMARY residence is within the district.

    4. Cap the amount to the federal limit for an individual contribution.

    These reforms will amplify the voices of the citizens who reside in the respective districts, and restore the representative relationship between our elected officials and the citizens who reside in their areas of representation.

    Campaign finance reform will enhance the ability of the individual citizen to be heard.

  2. Below are some ideas for campaign finance reform that I hope that you can support. I have talked this over with several Senators and Delegates on both sides of the aisle, and I hope that both sides can work together and make serving in elected office about working with your constituents, instead of spending most of your time worrying about raising money.

    James Madison may be credited with writing the First Amendment, but he would not have characterized campaign finance reform as limiting the free speech of our citizens.

    As we now have it in Virginia, corporations, PACs and citizens who do not even reside in a particular district can give money to a candidate.

    If we want the voices of the citizens of each district to be more clearlyheard, we must take the following steps:

    1. Eliminate corporate contributions. Corporations are profit making entities whose by-laws mandate that they expend money only with the expectation of a return on that investment. This is perceived by the citizens as corruption.

    2. Eliminate PAC contributions.

    3. Restrict contributions to come only from citizens whose PRIMARY residence is within the district.

    4. Cap the amount to the federal limit for an individual contribution.

    These reforms will amplify the voices of the citizens who reside in the respective districts, and restore the representative relationship between our elected officials and the citizens who reside in their areas of representation.

    Campaign finance reform will enhance the ability of the individual citizen to be heard.

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