Elephant Ears

This blog is dedicated to the political happenings in the Valley and Southwest Virginia. As the the name implies, this blog will have posts based on what is heard by this elephant's (GOPer's) ears. It is also a great treat to get while at the county fair or a carnival.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

The Stage is Set

Folks, we need to all just live with the results of this election. We need to all set down and determine what happened, and how we can prevent it. We have lost 5 House seats in 2 cycles and 2 governor's races in a row now.
Lets figure out what the problem was and try to fix it for '07 and '09.

Having said that, we are going to have one heck of a nomination battle in '09. Its gonna be the nastiest thing anyone has ever seen in Virginia politics.

7 Comments:

  • At 11/09/2005 2:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    As a party we need to look to the future and put forth viable canidates. The GOP needs to turn to its fiscal conservatives now more than ever...

     
  • At 11/09/2005 2:58 PM, Blogger GOPHokie said…

    Amen. We need to run campaigns that actually use the candidate issuing a plan or policy instead of attack ads all the time as well.
    I also think this 72-hour program may have hindered our effort as much as it helped.

     
  • At 11/09/2005 3:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    It doesn't have to be nasty. We might want to grow up between now and then.

     
  • At 11/09/2005 3:10 PM, Blogger GOPHokie said…

    WE don't have to be, but I guarantee they will be.
    The GOP governor nomination process in 2009 will be bad.
    Mark my words.

     
  • At 11/09/2005 7:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    "I also think this 72-hour program may have hindered our effort as much as it helped."

    The Dem version of the 72-hr plan worked like a charm. You just got schooled by some of the best minds in the Democratic party, and you don't even know how they did it yet. Nor are they dumb enough to brag about it so loudly that the other side knows exactly what you are doing. Better luck GOTV'ing next time!

     
  • At 11/09/2005 11:38 PM, Blogger Ranger03 said…

    I don't think the Republican 72 hour hindered them... if anything its the only thing that kept it close.

    That said, the RPV needs to get much better at consistently and regularly canvassing Northern Virginia; there's simply too much turnover. In Dick Black's district only a third of the people who live there had been there to vote in 2003. There is massive turnover, and it's imperative the RPV identify their voters among the tide of new voters.

    I'm also not sold on the idea we'll have a nasty '09 primary. McDonnell and Bolling worked together to help start VCAP (or so I'm told) and as a result I'm guessing they get along well. As the Mason-Bulova race shows, when candidates are friendly the race rarely gets nasty.

     
  • At 11/10/2005 12:00 AM, Blogger GOPHokie said…

    shipwrecked, I hope you are right. But I still think their campaign will convince them to go after each other for the nod.
    How will they differeniate themselves from one another? Both have almost the same stance on every issue.
    They will have to come up with a way to show they are better than their opponent.

     

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