I don't know about you, but I have had just about enough of Democratic campaigns from less than stellar candidates in off-year and special elections giving fodder to the corporate media's attempt to politically emasculate the President and the hope we all had for meaningful political change.
First, there was Jon Corzine of New Jersey, who was so wounded by the corrupt political situation in that state that he should have just retired and let a new face run. (Plus, he is massively rich from being a former managing partner at Goldman Sachs, not exactly a resume builder in the present climate.)
Then, there was the Deeds campaign in Virginia, which seemed to be vying for the title of the most dysfunctional in state history, instead of fighting to keep the governor's mansion in Democratic hands. This probably wasn't a Democratic year in Virginia, but we should not have seen six members of the House of Delegates dragged down by the top of the ticket.
Last night, we had to watch the spectacle of the Coakley campaign in Massachusetts throwing away the life's work of Ted Kennedy in seeking health care for all by running a gaff-filled campaign that even included her evidently not knowing that Curt Schilling - a Republican, granted - was one of the heroes of the 2004 Boston Red Sox World Series champions. No, Ms Coakley, Shilling is not a "Yankees fan." What a goof.
However, I absolutely do not want to rehash these disappointments. Instead, let's focus on ways to make Democratic campaigns better on every level - national, state, local - by studying some techniques on effectively using new tools available, thanks to the Internet. SumofChange has been posting diaries here on Blue Commonwealth from time to time with excerpts of Training Tuesday, the most recent from the Organizing 2.0 conference held in New York.
Let's looks at the information that was covered which can be of great use to all of us as we wrestle with a re-energized GOP opposition determined to stop our attempts to reform our nation. Colin Delaney of e.politics.com and Charles Lencher of workingfamiliesparty.org led a discussion of how we all can take the lessons of the 2008 Obama campaign and translate them to local and state politics.