Cross-posted at the Brock Log.
I've taken some pretty nasty headshots over it, too. Everything from "NC-03 is unwinnable so why bother?" to "If the candidate can't raise money on his own, why should the Party help?" (Both are paraphrased from comments left at the Daily Kos post).
The Democratic Party has become so blinded by the Republican form of campaign strategy that they're practicing a similar form. It's all about money. Donations and contributions, from PACs and individuals.
On a national level, campaigning may be about money.
On the local, Congressional District field, it's rarely all about money. It's more about information on the candidate and hand-shaking. It's about mobilizing the county parties and local organizations that want a change. It's about educating campaign staffs on what has and hasn't worked in similar districts throughout the nation. It's about using unique tactics and unproven strategy to shake up the political landscape.
Example: NC-03 is surrounded by blue on all sides; the Atlantic ocean on one and NC's 1st, 2nd and 4th districts. All strongly aligned to the Democratic Party. All Democratic candidates would benefit from a visit from the better established Democratic leaders in the state. Not only would the campaigns benefit, but the constituents would see that the party is interested in the district even if winning the district is unlikely.
The National and State parties could also have educational opportunities for campaign staffs to prepare them for working on a campaign. Many local managers and staffs have never worked on campaign and may not have the skills or knowledge base to coordinate with different party chairs and other organizations. Even "How-to" guides would provide some assistance to first-time campaigners.
As long as Democratic voters and candidates feel abandoned by their Party or that their District is a lost cause, the Democratic Party has failed.