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  •  Mark Warner is and was (5+ / 0-)

    the right candidate for Virginia.  We're an odd state - the Northern Virginia area is quite affluent and educated and trends blue.  the remainder of the state, however, is progressively more invested in its "southerness" the further away you get from DC.  You see a great deal of poverty, evangelism, pro-death penalty and pro-gun in Virginia (we have the most liberal gun laws on the books for concealed carry permits, so watch out - Virginians are generally packin').

    The wealthiest part of the state is the northern portion.  Yet the GOTV efforts on "wedge" issues in other parts of the state balances out the northern portion.

    Warner's campaign was really quite simple.  It was issues-based.  Wisely, he capitulated on guns and the death penalty and tried instead to focus on making death penalty cases more stringent as to proof as well as to tighten gun permit laws.  He is pro-choice and made no bones about the fact.  Brilliantly, however, he appealed to the rural Virginians on economic issues.  Northern Virginia is like a vortex for all the money and investment in the state while other regions are so poverty-stricken its criminal.  So to attract business to Virginia (among other things) he undertook a highway program.  In essence, he invested transportation dollars (which were abundant) to vastly improve highway infrastructure in the rural parts of the state.  While he was tearing up roads and widening highways, he laid cable and high-speed fiber-optic infrastructure and then leased capacity back to service providers.  At the same time, he embarked on a campaign to attract businesses to rural regions using the telecommunications backbone as the key attracting factor.

    And it worked.

    All the other stuff - the wedge stuff, the emotional stuff - fell by the wayside because the plan he crafted made sense.  And in being so issues-oriented and focused on the items that mattered most to his constituents, he enjoyed an unprecedented approval rating in our red state and paved the way for Tim Kaine to not only win but to make significant gains in exurban counties that had before gone Republican.

    How's that for an explanation??  :-D

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      ilona, Cedwyn, Da Buddy, Jared Lash, llbear

      Two thoughts:

      (we have the most liberal gun laws on the books for concealed carry permits, so watch out - Virginians are generally packin').

      If I lived anywhere near the Bush family, I'd be "packin'" also.  I have a couple friends (SEAL types and Intel types) who love VA because of this rule.

      Second thought - the rural broadband is something that we would love in Illinois.  Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn is working on it and it should be an issue that both Doc and myself consider.

      Thanks for your post on Gov. Warner.

      Respectfully,
      John Laesch

      Democratic Congressional Candidate (IL CD 14) www.john06.com Why yes, yes I am running against the Speaker of the House :)

      by John Laesch on Sat Jun 24, 2006 at 08:23:05 PM PDT

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      •  Thanks John. (5+ / 0-)
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        Best to you.

        A further thought... In Virginia, Mark Warner ran without a political pedigree.  Don't get me wrong - he wasn't an anti-politican - rather, he played to the strengths he already brought to the table and those strengths arose from having a successful business career.

        He also came across inherently as a person who was sincere in what he said.  It never seemed to be "spun" and he never came off as pandering.  I think that was critical.  Virginia is more of a swing state than the Democratic establishment recognizes - the conundrum is, however, that the Democratic establishment seems to want to promote only the smooth-talking capitulators (generally speaking).  

        Stay true to yourself and what you believe in, and speak it loudly with conviction.  Don't compromise - be real and don't let the potential of winning or losing cause you to lose that authenticity.  THAT is what our party needs - a return to government for the sake of constituents.  Communicate that belief and desire and YOU will be the catalyst that starts to turn the tide.

        •  Rena - you are far more eloquent than I (1+ / 0-)
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          Would you please do a diary on this and give me a heads-up.

          I have two personal stories of guys who were both as righteously good as John and what happened to them.

          I'd love to share it with you - and make it clear to candidates what happens when, as elected officials, they listen to the inner circle without paying attention to what's really going on.

          Free the Congress - Retire Denny Hastert - donate to, work for, and vote for John Laesch

          by llbear on Sat Jun 24, 2006 at 09:40:15 PM PDT

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        •  Rena... (1+ / 0-)
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          I feel confident that John will live up to your good advice.  :-)

    •  Love to have the knowledge of Warner (1+ / 0-)
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      Cedwyn

      It is good to have this bio about Warner.  Progressives tend to give him a bad name.

      Jeremy Bowling
      Campaign Manager
      Friends of David Gill
      www.gill2006.com

      by thecenterpath on Sat Jun 24, 2006 at 09:47:11 PM PDT

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