Unity event offers insight into Democratic strategy
Expect it to be a common theme over the next several months. Democrats- building on a legacy of the past, Republicans- obstructionists of the future. Today the new unified Democratic ticket, with their prime-time players took this new strategy out for a spin at a high profile event in Williamsburg.
For the first time, the party’s new nominee Creigh Deeds was flanked by what the party is hoping to hold up as examples of a successful past that continues to move forward. Senator (and former Governor) Mark Warner, Governor Tim Kaine and Senator Jim Webb. Their goal is to convince Virginians that Deeds and his ticket mates, Jody Wagner and Steve Shannon will continue that legacy.
On a side note, despite the fact that the rally was dubbed a “unity” event, Deeds’ primary rivals Brian Moran and Terry McAuliffe were not in attendance. (DPV officials report that the two former candidates had family obligations and today’s focus was the first join appearance of the ’09 ticket)
I wasn’t at the event, but its not hard to see the message the Democrats are trying get out. The DPV team provided media, that couldn’t make the Saturday afternoon event, with two video clips that show the strategy being to put to work. (For more in depth coverage of the event, the College of William and Mary student paper has a nice wrap up and Vivian Paige offers her partisan perspective that includes pictures)
((Read more and see video from the event, after the jump))
Under the constant threat of rain (which did fall from time to time), Deeds provided a firey speech that forcefully denounced the Republican approach to governance and proudly proclaimed the record of his fellow Democrats. In the clip we were provided, he builds the case that it is this track record of success that will lead to many of Virginia’s problems being solved:
“Do we move back to the failed policies of the past or do we move forward and create the economy of the future? Do we become a national leader in alternative and renewable energy? Do we build the next economy on energy technology? Do we make college education more accessible and more affordable? Do we fix our transportation situation?”
An interesting stance that begs a question, Republicans are certain to ask: If you are building on a legacy of past performance, why do some many problems need to be fixed?
Deeds’ running mate Jody Wagner, who won an overwhelmingly won a primary race for Lt. Governor based on a similar premise used similar language:
“So voters are going to have a very clear choice in November. They can choose, Creigh Deeds, Steve Shannon and me to continue 7 years of a legacy of success of Warner and Kaine solving problems, or they can choose to have the Republican, do nothing stand in the way, and have two decades of problems.”
The next step of this strategy is to connect these failed policies to Bob McDonnell, something Mark Warner has already attempted to do.