It is Election Day, and we see the net sum of Democratic Disappointment I have recently referenced…and that sum is found in the large number of seats where the Democrats have no candidates. Forty Senate seats, and 11 of 18 GOP incumbents are getting free rides. It is a testimony to the Democrats in ability to either recruit candidates or to develop a bench.
But when one is more worried about keeping power than in standing for something, what do you expect to happen?
Someone may think that is too harsh a statement…but consider two Northern Virginia districts.
The seat in Virginia 37 came open in 2009 after incumbent Ken Cuccinelli was elected Attorney General. The Democrats decided in order to gain the seat they had to tab Dave Marsden-who did not have a residence in the district-to run. This is a district in the middle of blue to purple Fairfax County. QUESTION-why no bench? Who knows. Why a carpetbagger? Because it was their best chance to win.
The Virginia 29 seat was won by Chuck Colgan in 1975. In 2003, he talked about retiring. Mark Warner talked him out of it by saying only Colgan could hold the seat for the Democrats. In 2007 Colgan talked about retiring. Warner and Kaine talked him out of it, saying only Colgan could hold the seat for the Democrats. In 2011, Colgan talked about retiring…and is back on the ballot. You can guess how that turned out. QUESTION-why no bench? Who knows. Why repeatedly drag back a man who has repeatedly stated a desire to retire? Because it was their best chance to win.
A raft of unopposed Republicans. Carpetbaggers. Incumbents who have to be begged to run for reelection. Is this a sign of a party that is strong in message and in people?
No message. No direction. No bench. No guiding principle except holding onto power.
Is it any wonder the GOP is favored to take back the Senate?