Here’s some interesting reading on the national scene that touches on our corner of the world.
The National Journal has a story today — “Dems Define Success Down: The party hopes to declare victory by losing less than expected” — that looks at how some Democratic leaders saw nearly two years ago that this would likely be a bad year, and started planning accordingly.
Specifically, it says the party demanded that all freshman and sophomore Democrats “had to sign a contract with the DCCC” (the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee) spelling out how much money they would raise by a certain time. The goal was to make sure that vulnerable legislators were well-funded and didn’t leave campaign finance until it was too late. Rep. Tom Perriello, D-Albemarle, isn’t mentioned by name, but he is a freshman, so presumably he’s counted among “all freshman and sophomore Democrats.”
Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Abingdon, is mentioned by name, though. He’s cited as one of “more than two dozen Democrats with substantial seniority who had not run modern races in tough political climates for years.” Those legislators, the story says, were “summoned to private meetings and put on notice.”
It’s a fascinating look at how parties work behind the scenes.