Saturday, September 10, 2005

Burnout

Sorry for my hiatus from the blogosphere, these are busy times to be sure…The battle for Gov is heating up, Jerry is up with TV commercials on cable (even if I didn’t know that most of the Kilgore staff were BC ’04 people, I would know that most of the Kilgore staff were BC ’04 people) and working hard to get the message out.  

There has been an ongoing discussion about “supporter burnout” throughout the state, as calls for volunteers have fallen (apparently) on mostly deaf ears.  This is unconscionable for folks in the political class, but occurring nonetheless.  So why is it that volunteers don’t seem to be popping up in the numbers we think we need this year?  The case that some are making is that the 2004 election was so hotly contested that people are now too tired to contribute to the Kilgore effort.  The demands made on volunteers by the President’s campaign were such that people simply do not yet have the energy to fight the Democrats anew.  To me, this is a ridiculous argument for two reasons: 1) It’s been nearly a year, folks.  If you haven’t recovered by now, what have you been doing?  2) There wasn’t much of a race in Virginia.  It was solidly in the President’s column from Day 1 of the campaign and remained solid for its duration.  

13 Comments:

At 9/10/2005 08:49:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not to mention the fact that this "burnout" and lack of volunteers should be occurring in Kaine's campaign ... as the Dems were involved in the '04 race as well ...

 
At 9/10/2005 09:46:00 PM, Blogger Riley, Not O'Reilly said...

My guess is that people were waiting until after Labor Day and now that Labor Day has passed, back to school as well as saturation coverage on Hurricane Katrina are what is keeping things slow.

 
At 9/11/2005 02:10:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Or maybe our statewide ticket is so uninspiring that laying in the hammock simply seems like a better use of time. I know that Bill Bolling doesn't make me want to walk away from a Law and Order re-run.

 
At 9/11/2005 02:20:00 PM, Blogger Mitch Cumstein said...

Couldn't agree more, Anon. Hard to get motivated for these guys.

 
At 9/11/2005 04:45:00 PM, Blogger too conservative said...

Thirded

 
At 9/11/2005 05:13:00 PM, Blogger Riley, Not O'Reilly said...

I like Jerry and I'll work for him, but none of these guys are a George Allen. McDonnell is probably the most inspiring out of this whole crew. I've said it before and I'll say it here, if it is Bolling vs. McDonnell for governor in '09, sign me up for McDonnell now.

 
At 9/11/2005 07:12:00 PM, Blogger Mitch Cumstein said...

If it's Bolling vs. McDonnell for Governor in '09, sign me up for Maryland.

 
At 9/11/2005 07:51:00 PM, Blogger MR JMS said...

I would go to NC. But than again that state isn't much better than Maryland.

 
At 9/11/2005 08:53:00 PM, Blogger too conservative said...

I'd stay in Virginia
and start a draft Connaughton movement.

 
At 9/11/2005 11:30:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK, just an overgeneralization, but some of these comments are why the hard conservatives have so little respect for the wishy-washy centrists.

We all know how many of the Connaughton Bunch (the huge group of pro-connaughton people who showed up one day last year to join the Republican committee in order to vote their own board) managed to show up 4 months later to the last meeting in preparation for the Bush push (the answer is, we almost didn't have a quorum for the meeting).

I voted for Connaughton, but I have no problem getting excited about, and actively working for, Bill Bolling.

And if Bill doesn't directly excite you, could you moderates at least manage to get a rise out of "Lt. Governor Leslie Byrne"?

Charles R.

 
At 9/12/2005 12:10:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My lack of enthusiasm for Bill Bolling has NOTHING to do with any loyalty to Sean Connaughton becasue I have very little. Because I am frightened by Leslie Byrne getting elected to anything, I will vote for Bolling. But if I am being asked to give up time that I could otherwise spend playing ball with my children, or making money at work, or volunteering at my church, or getting my yard ready for Fall, or even volunteering for the McQuigg or Frederick campaign calls for more than a just a boring statewide candidate with an "R" next to his name. Neither Kilgore, Bolling nor McDonnell has given me a reason to get pumped up about them yet.

Like Riley said, none of these guys are George Allen. Heck, none of them are even Frank Wolf. It's not enough to say, "You're a Republican, so go do a lit drop." A candidate has to give me a reason to care and Kilgore and friends have not done that yet. While it may be easy to point why Kaine and Byrne ar undesirable, that is not the same thing as demonstrating that our candidates will actually DO anything but spew the same pablum that everycandidate spews.

To that point, how many doors do you think the "hard conservatives (who) have so little respect for the wishy-washy centrists" have actually knocked on for Kilgore yet? With the very notable exception of Bob Fitzsimmons, I have NEVER seen any member of the PWTA do any real work for any candidate other than their own membership. (i.e., Keen, Singstock, Chapman, Stirrup.)

 
At 9/13/2005 09:37:00 AM, Blogger James Young said...

Anon 12:10 said "With the very notable exception of Bob Fitzsimmons, I have NEVER seen any member of the PWTA do any real work for any candidate other than their own membership. (i.e., Keen, Singstock, Chapman, Stirrup.)" By the same token, I suppose that I could say that "I have NEVER seen any [self-styled "moderate"' do any real work for any candidate other than their own [ideological soulmates]," even when they personally owe them for work that was done for them.

I'll just assume that you were unaware that I spent four days in Cleveland as part of the GOP legal team working for Bush-Cheney.

And I guess we'll just chalk you up as one of the historically challenged, since you apparently know nothing about how the GOP came to majority status in PWC.

 
At 9/14/2005 10:52:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

4 days - 4 whole days. Well, I'll be. I AM impressed now.

Who was the last local candidate you did anything of significance for - money, lit drops, all day at a festival, 4th of July parade, Occoquan Days, Montclair yard sale......................

 

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