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Thursday, September 21, 2006
Lay off the Fulton Democratic Party. Got it?
I know I do my fair share of Democrat bashing, here and in personal comments, but I for one am getting pretty sick of the bashing of the Fulton County Democratic Party that is coming from certain quarters, and I am disgusted by the fact that a certain Democrat saw fit to air this particular item of dirty laundry on Peach Pundit, of all places. Can we at least agree to keep these tirades on our own blogs?
First of all, this idea of giving some fixed amount of money to each and every opposed Democratic candidate is ridiculous. In a war, does every general get the same amount of troops, the same amount of weapons and equipment? Of course not. Every general faces different enemies, different tactical situations, and different probabilities of winning. In a war, the goal is winning, and winning is accomplished by focusing your troops and resources on defending your weak points and attacking the enemy's vulnerabilities. Elections are not some utopian contest of ideals where the best ideas win. Every election is a war, and pretending that John Eaves' race for the Fulton County Commission is equivalent to Mark Taylor's battle against Sonny Perdue is insane. You can bet that Republicans allocate their resources to win, and if we don't at the very least respond by allocating our resources proportionally to our chances of winning, we are going to lose.
Secondly, if I hear anyone else gripe about how the Fulton County Democratic Party should give money directly to candidates I swear I'm going to go Randi Rhodes on someone. If a county party is going to be nothing more than a money dispersal mechanism, why bother with a county party at all? A major part of the duty of a county party is to look farther ahead than single campaigns. Republicans have been beating us, nationally and now in Georgia, by devising and implementing long term strategy. If the voter ID law is eventually upheld, the future of Georgia voting is going to be absentee ballots. Why then is there such animus toward the idea of looking FORWARD and taking a winning play from the Republican playbook, i.e. sending mailers targeting ALL candidates with absentee ballot applications? If mailers always went in the circular file, no candidate would ever send them. Clearly that's false. Mailers, COMBINED with volunteer outreach efforts that COST NO MONEY (last time I checked, I and the people I canvass and phone bank with have made exactly zero dollars for our efforts), have been proven to be effective and will continue to be so.
I don't want to say “Fine, be that way” to these people who are having trouble grasping these arguments, because Lord knows we already have enough people who have taken their toys and gone elsewhere. I just want to dispel this notion that Democrats are somehow losing elections because the Fulton County Democratic Party isn't giving money to candidates. This isn't rocket science.