Monday, November 14, 2005

The WaPo on Kaine in PWC

"We are seeing a large influx of middle-class folks who are affluent and well-educated and are politically independent," Connaughton said. "Even though they may lean Republican or Democrat, they will vote for who they think is the best candidate. That means the party has to get back to its roots . . . focusing on issues such as transportation, education and public safety and the quality of life these people are expecting."


At 11/14/2005 02:49:00 PM, Blogger Riley, Not O'Reilly said...

The fourth leg of that "quality of life" stool, in addition to transportation, education and public safety, needs to be low taxes.

For the longest time, GOPers have won on the issues of taxes and crime while the Dems have won on the issues of education and health care. Transportation is up for grabs.

It is all well and good to co-opt your opponent's issues so long as you keep hammering away on your own, too. But when you go and play on your opponent's playing field and don't bring your own ball, watch out.

The most important thing a candidate can do is go out there and state what you are FOR and define yourself in the minds of the voters. My hunch is Kilgore lost because he didn't get that message out and tie it in with voters' daily lives. Kaine nailed it in the NOVA suburbs with his stand on growth.

At 11/14/2005 02:53:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wouldn't say "issues such as transportation, education and public safety and the quality of life these people are expecting" represent Republican roots. Both parties are concerned with these issues. Our roots are lower government regulation, lower taxes, personal responsibility and the like--an underlying political philosophy, which we feel helps us better deliver a high quality of life for our citizens. Democrats, on the other hand, have their roots in increased government regulation and the idea that we need more government to improve our quality of life. Both sides want to deliver on transportation, education, public safety and quality of life. We just go about it a different way.

The question that these "middle-class folks who are affluent and well-educated and are politically independent," have been asking themselves is, "who makes the trains run on time? i.e. who delivers us a better quality of life" Unfortunately for us, they perceive that Democrats have been doing a better job. Whether that is correct or not, we have to do a better job convincing people that we can make the trains run on time. When we do that, we will have more electoral success in Northern Virginia.

At 11/14/2005 10:56:00 PM, Anonymous NOVA Scout said...

No one supports high taxes so saying that low taxes is a Republican fundamental doesn't define us very well. Even the most reckless government pickpockets (i.e., liberals in the U.S. Congress) never define themselves as "high tax" advocates. What we must be able to articulate is a concept of governmental efficacy that includes the concept of efficiency and respect for the taxpayor. What has happened in Virginia is that many GOP candidates have lost the snese that they are delivering public services and instead think they are in a high school debating society (actually high school debating clubs are usually more substantive). We have reached a kind of total disconnect between philosophy and action. Too many people who deicde who's in and who's out in the Virginia GOP make their decision based on empty rhetoric, not on ability to deliver efficient and effective government services at a price that's widely perceived to be worth paying.

At 11/15/2005 09:08:00 AM, Blogger Riley, Not O'Reilly said...

Thanks, NOVA Scout, for expounding upon my comment. That's what I was getting at, but I didn't have the time to write it all out.


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