Why the Democrats Don't Have A Farm Team for the Future
by BigDog, Mon Feb 20, 2006 at 10:23:13 AM EST
Earlier today in a reply to a post by Kos, I lamented the tendency for so many to see Congressional Seats as 'local seats'. They aren't in my book. Period. They are, in my book, Federal Seats that need to be filled with the most experienced people possible.
The 'Netroots' Candidates has consistently lost merely because they may have had the right ideas and politicies....even the best support within the Grassroots. But they had no idea how to Campaign, fundraise, organize etc. But everyone focuses on Federal, Federal, Federal...and we have no Farm Team training the real Federal Candidates of the Future.
Here's my post from earlier...see what you think:
A congressional seat isn't local.
That's a Federal seat with 435 of the most powerful people in the US.
- Being on the School Board is local.
- Being on the Water District is local
- Being on the City Council is local
more on the flip
- Being on the County Supervisers is a higher form of local
- Being on one of the Hospital Committee's is local
- Being on one or more of the charitable organzations boards is local
This is how you spread influence and create a base of supporters who've watched you work time and again.
THEN you run for something in the STATE...maybe more than one time.
Serve a time or two. Then...then...you are the experienced campaigner
who knows how to raise money, put together staff, run an office, write
legislation and get it passed. So it take time? Sure.
(Does it take Selflessness? You bet. A word in short supply these days.)
Now you are ready for Capital Hill.
This is the Missing Emphasis on the Democratic Farm Team that means we have pure well-meaning people running for Federal office who have no idea how to do it.
When Kos talks about supporting your local race I hope this is what he
means. Federal races operate at a very different level than Water
Think about it.
PS:We had a Green Candidate in the CA-48th that was great. Didn't know the first thing about running a real campaign or anything else...but her heart was in the right spot. I'd love to see her run for something local and non-partisan. With a little help (and she'd have mine)...she'd have a shot.
She'd make a real difference in our lives...and that's local politics.