Why the Democrats will fail in November

Cross-posted at the Brock Log.

Last evening I wrote about the lack of support for North Carolina's 3rd District candidate, Craig Weber. I cross-posted that piece at BlueNC and at Daily Kos.

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.


I used to be one of the 'scarce resources' apologists

who argued that you have to push "money" where it matters most. But I've come around to your way of thinking and I have to believe boots on the ground and good old grassroots (supplemented by netroots) are the way of the future.

The parties spend so much of their time hustling for money. Imagine if even 15% of that time were reallocated to enrolling and inspiring people in the districts.

I don't know anything about Weber other than what you've written here, so I don't know if he's doing what needs doing to shake things up or not.

How can we help? Does enctoday play a role in district politics?


ENCToday doesn't play the part it should...Between what can only be called 'Niziesque' moderators, Republican-born Christo-fascists and apathetic folks, there's little hope. I've been posting (mostly all the same as here, minus the recent posts) a lot about Weber.

I can't guarentee that Weber is doing everything he should. I'm not on his campaign staff and I'm working as a concerned citizen more than a volunteer. I've also only recently been digging into his campaign. At this point, I think I can do more good writing at OCP as a 'non-biased journalist' than working just for Weber. I've been doing a bit of campaigning for him, mostly online and in everday meeting people situations (which freaks people out more than you'd think). At this point, I'm not sure that my lack of political/campaign experience would do anything good for him.

Thomas S. Brock



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I think this is where we can make a difference over time

Bloggers and online activists can help promote candidates who don't see the limelight very often. We can also start talking up about the ideas of supporting "B" and "C" list candidates. There has to be a minimum amount we(I mean Democrats/the party/the committees) can do that will assure greater success in recruiting strong candidates for tough races.

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Thomas, is there anything the lte team can do to help?

Free publicity always helps and all it takes is some knowledge and a keyboard! Let me know.

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Thanks Thomas, just let me know

always ready and willing to help in whatever way I can!

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.